Trump pardons include one for rapper Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne Hit WithFederal Weapons Chargein Florida.The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Floridahas charged Lil Wayne with a federal weapons charge. .The charge is one count of possession of afirearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. .Wayne, who was convicted of a felonygun charge in New York in 2009, is prohibitedfrom possessing a firearm. .If convicted, Wayne could faceup to 10 years in prison. .He is scheduled to appearin court next month. .The federal charge stems from a December 2019incident when federal agents searched Wayne’s privateplane at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport. .Along with other guns and drugsfound on the plane, they reportedly founda gold-plated handgun in Wayne’s luggage. .At the time of the incident, Wayne’s attorneysaid he was “cleared” by agents to leave, evenafter the discovery of the items. .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 dangerousperson. The charge is that because he wasconvicted of a felony in the past, he isprohibited from possessing a firearm, Attorney Howard Srebnick, via ‘Pitchfork’

Five weeks ago, rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to a federal charge of weapons possession by a convicted felon.

The 38-year-old rapper admitted to possessing a .45 caliber, gold-plated handgun and six rounds of ammunition after his luggage was searched upon arriving in Miami on Dec. 23, 2019, from California. A search warrant said Carter told investigators the gun was a Father’s Day gift, the Associated Press reported.

The judge set a Jan. 28 sentencing date for Dwayne Michael Carter (the rapper’s real name). The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, but the AP reported it was likely Carter would get far less time than that.

In fact, Carter, 38, will get no time. He also will have no sentencing hearing.

In the final hours of his term, President Donald Trump issued a flurry of pardons and commutations, including one for the rapper.

The artist had shown support for Trump leading up to the November presidential election, “leaving many fans baffled because neither had ever stood behind Trump, much less publicly announced their political leanings before,” the AJC’s ArLuther Lee wrote.

Carter is no stranger to Atlanta.

His daughter, Reginae Carter, and ex-wife Toya Wright are Atlanta residents. Reginae Carter’s Sweet 16 party thrown by Wright and the rapper was featured on MTV, and Wright owns Garb Shoetique in Smyrna.