Ja Rule is scheduled to be in court today, with a trail starting as early as this week for a 2007 gun charge. In July of 2007 Ja Rule leaving a concert in Manhattan when his Maybach was pulled over for speeding. Police claim they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the rear door.
In addition, the car, which was being chauffeured, had no insurance and suspended registration. Mr. Atkins has pleaded not guilty to criminal weapon possession. His lawyer claims the traffic stop was unjustified and has questioned a type of DNA analysis used by the police.
If convicted, Ja will face up to four years in prison. Ironically, Lil Wayne was leaving the same concert when he was busted on weapons charges as well. That charge recently cost Wayne eight months of his life in Rikers Island.
UPDATE: Justice Richard Carruthers told Ja Rule he will serve no less than two years in prison after the platinum rapper and occasional actor pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon stemming from his 2007 New York arrest.
“Because of you guilty plea here today, you’ll have a record of having committed a violent felony,” Carruthers told Atkins. “This is a very serious matter.”
The Associated Press reports Ja Rule’s lawyer, Stacey Richman was not immediately available for comment. But according to court documents, New York’s strict gun laws dictate Rule was promised two years in prison when he is sentenced in February of 2011.