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Lil Wayne guilty on N.Y. gun charge, headed to prison






Rap recording artist Lil Wayne watches the Miami Heat play the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami, Florida April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk
Rap recording artist Lil Wayne watches the Miami Heat play the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami, Florida April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Hans Deryk
</head> <body> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in a July 2007 incident and will serve a year in prison, New York City prosecutors said.</p> <p>Lil Wayne, 27, who won best rap album at the 2009 Grammy Awards and whose real name is Dwayne Carter, agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors and will be sentenced at New York State Supreme Court in February.</p> <p>Prosecutors said a gun was found in his tour bus in July 2007. Rapper Ja Rule was arrested separately on similar charges after a hip hop concert in New York where both men performed.</p> <p>Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded innocent and a trial date has not yet been set.</p> <p>Carter had convinced the court earlier to delay his trial date to accommodate his performing schedule.</p> <p>The rapper would have faced more serious gun possession charges if the case had gone to trial, as well as a maximum 15-year prison sentence, a spokeswoman at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said.</p> <p>Carter's lawyer could not be reached for comment.</p> <p>Carter's album, "Tha Carter III," was the biggest-selling U.S. release of 2008 and won him best rap album and three other prizes at the 2009 Grammy Awards. 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