Dentistry delays Wayne sentencing
Lil Wayne has got a temporary reprieve from jail - for dental surgery.
The Grammy Award-winner's sentencing over a New York City gun crime was postponed because he needs to finish a string of recent surgeries before he goes to jail.
Lil Wayne, one of music's biggest sellers and rap's hottest stars, is poised to spend as much as a year in jail under a plea deal, though good behaviour could shave that to as little as eight months.
Sentencing now is scheduled for March 2. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon said it would not be put off any further.
The diminutive, dreadlocked rapper said nothing at the brief hearing. He left in a black SUV, flanked by fellow rapper Birdman and others.
His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the rapper is heading home to Miami for dental work on Friday.
"It is a medical situation that, like (it would for) any of us, has to be addressed," she said outside court. She said the rapper had planned to take care of it before the hearing, but his dentist had been out of the country doing charitable work.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon did not oppose the rapper's request to push back his sentencing, saying she had spoken to the dentist.
Lil Wayne, 27, pleaded guilty in October to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he illegally had a loaded .40-calibre semi-automatic gun on his tour bus in July 2007. Police found the weapon when they stopped the bus after a Manhattan concert.