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Rapper Lil Wayne pleads guilty to federal weapons charge

Lil Wayne,Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
Posted at 9:08 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 21:13:29-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he possessed a weapon despite being a convicted felon following a 2019 search of a private plane in the Miami area.

The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, entered the plea Friday during a hearing held remotely before U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams.

Williams set a Jan. 28 sentencing date.

The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, but it's likely Carter would get less time.

He's free on $250,000 bail but had to surrender his passport.

"Your honor, I plead guilty to the charge," Carter told the judge.

According to the Associated Press, the 38-year-old rapper acknowledged possessing a .45 caliber, gold-plated handgun and six rounds of ammunition that was found in his luggage.

According to a search warrant, Carter told investigators the gun was a Father’s Day gift, the AP reported.