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Ja Rule began a 2-year prison sentence for felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon on June 8, 2011. The incident stems from a 2007 arrest. In July of that year, police had said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately. Ja Rule pleaded guilty at a New York court in December 2010 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
In November, Lil Wayne completed an 8-month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case.
Ja Rule is also scheduled to be sentenced on June 13, 2011 on three tax evasion charges and faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count.
In March 2011, Ja Rule said that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income and could face more prison time. Ja Rule earned the money between 2004 and 2006. The Associated Press said that if plea conditions are met, the government will dismiss two counts against him for unpaid taxes on $1 million he earned in 2007 and 2008.
(Pictured: Ja Rule appears in an undated 2010 photo posted on his website.)
(STNG Photo / jarule.net)