Rapper Lil Wayne jailed for a year
Published 08/03/2010 | 19:56
Lil Wayne has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in a New York City gun case.
The Grammy Award-winner, who pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and admitted having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, was taken away in handcuffs to start serving his term immediately after his sentencing.
He delivered only a brief bow to fans and supporters as he was led out of the courtroom.
Lil Wayne is at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he was being held apart from the general population of inmates because of his fame.
He has a cell to himself but the option of spending time in a TV room with 17 other inmates who also have been separated from the general population because of notoriety or other reasons, according to the city correction department.
It wasn't immediately clear what work assignment he might have, if any.
The 27-year-old rap star could be released in about eight months with good behaviour.
Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Carter and has been one of rap's most prolific and profitable figures in recent years.
His sentencing was postponed last month so he could undergo surgery on his bejewelled teeth.