Rapper Ja Rule: 2-Year Prison Sentence a "Minor Setback"

Celebrity News Dec. 14, 2010 AT 11:02AM
Rapper Ja Rule: 2-Year Prison Sentence a "Minor Setback" Credit: Jerritt Clark/WireImage.com

Ja Rule is about to spend some quality time behind bars.

The rapper (real name: Jeffrey Atkins), 34, was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a gun.

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Had the rapper's case gone to trial, he would have faced up to 7 years in jail if found guilty. The Associated Press reports that he will likely serve 16 months in prison followed by 18 months' probation.

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The gun possession charges stem from a July 2007 incident involving fellow rapper Lil Wayne, who was also arrested that night on similar charges after he and Ja Rule performed together. NYC police discovered a semiautomatic .40-calibre pistol in the back seat of Ja Rule's luxury sedan; the rapper, his manager and their driver were all arrested on the scene.

Ja Rule's response to the news? "Minor setback for a major comeback," he Tweeted Monday.

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