Ja Rule, the American rapper best known for his seminal album 'Exodus', was sentenced to two-years in prison by a court in New York on Wednesday (8th June 2011). Ja Rule was convicted of gun charges relating to an incident back in 2007, reports Bbc News.
Dressed in a grey sweat suit, the rapper yelled, "see y'all later" to his friends and family as he was handcuffed and led away from the Manhattan courthouse. The 35-year-old could be eligible for release in 18 months for good behaviour. The multi-platinum selling artist pleaded guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession last December. In 2007, police said they spotted Ja Rule's sports car speeding and found a loaded unregistered semi-automatic gun in the rear door. He was charged under a New York law that bans people from having firearms outside of their homes. The rapper spent his final days as a free man working on his forthcoming album 'Pain is Love 2', which is expected to hit shelves in July or early August.
Ja Rule also pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a New Jersey federal court in March 2011. The rapper admitted that he failed to pay taxes on more than $4 million in income. The 35-year-old will return to court on Monday (13th June 2011) for his sentencing in that case.