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Rapper Ja Rule leaves NY prison in gun case

By Michael Virtanen

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:21 a.m. HST, Feb 21, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. » Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule has left an upstate New York prison after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession. But he is headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.

U.S. marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he'll serve time in the tax case.

The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion.

His lawyer says Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house.

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Kaluu wrote:
It would be nice if Tiser said what gun possession offense was in detail. Readers are trying to get a handle on whether sentencing for gun crime is adequate. Need to crack down on punks with guns. Not making judgement on this individual because of lack of info.
on February 21,2013 | 06:58AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
The charge was just that - illegal gun possession. In other words, he had a gun but wasn't licensed to own it.
on February 21,2013 | 07:19AM
username_required wrote:
Ja Rule is now a contortionist.
on February 21,2013 | 08:10AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
He looks shorter than 5'9" in his videos.
on February 21,2013 | 11:03AM
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