The rapper was charged Tuesday within the Southern District of Miami with prison possession of a firearm and ammunition, as a previous felony offender. According to the authorized paperwork obtained by CNN, the costs stem from an alleged December 23, 2019 incident.
His attorneys famous the musician didn’t use his firearm in that incident, wherein a handgun was in his baggage on a personal airplane.
“There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm, ” Howard Srebnick, Lil Wayne’s lawyer,” told CNN in a statement.
“The federal sentencing pointers name for considerably decrease and I’d not take a look at the utmost publicity to determine anybody’s sentence and all of the information have to be totally reviewed,” Ronald Richards, another attorney for the musician, added in an email to CNN.
The artist pleaded guilty in October 2009 to a felony gun charge as part of a deal with New York prosecutors.
That charge stemmed from his arrest in 2007 outside of New York City’s Beacon Theater in which a .40-caliber pistol was found on his tour bus.
His attorney said at the time that the gun belonged to someone else, but the Lil Wayne accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to a year in prison.
He ended up serving eight months before being released.
Under federal law convicted felons are banned from possessing guns.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 11.