Ja Rule Pleads Guilty in Gun Case, Faces Two Years in Jail

Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) will have to serve jail time stemming for a prior gun possession arrest from 2007.

According to the Associated Press, Ja pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courtroom earlier today (December 13) to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He is expected to receive two years behind bars when he is formally sentenced in February.

Shortly after the court appearance, Rule took to his twitter account. “Minor setback for a Major comeback,” he wrote with several exclamation points.  Ye five minutes later he added, “What did I do to deserve this (Ross voice)!!!”

“Mr. Atkins stepped up and took responsibility,” Rule’s lawyer Stacey Richman told XXLMag.com

Ja was arrested on July 22, 2007 when police found an unlicensed.40 caliber handgun in the backseat of his Maybach, following a traffic stop. Hours before he was onstage with Lil Wayne at a concert at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater. Weezy was also picked up on the same day for possession of the same caliber pistol, after authorities boarded his tour bus upon smelling marijuana smoke emanating from the vehicle. The Young Money leader, who shares the same laywer as Rule, also eventually pleaded guilty to the attempted weapons possession charges. He served eight months in the case on good behavior and was just released on November 4.

Rule was working on his long delayed comeback album, The Renaissance Project. There is no word on the current status of that disc.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as the story develops. —Elan Mancini

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  • that nigga

    Damn, wasnt really looking forward to a comeback, but I hate to see a young black man get locked up. And, same lawyer as Weezy? He did 8 mos, Ja gettin 2yrs? I know niggas have different crime records but I never really heard either gettin in real trouble before? Fuck it.


    Damn Ja..u..in prison? u definalty gonna be the sweetest thing in their..gonna have wars over ur a**

  • Atlanta Is Full Of Fruits

    Same gun as Weezy was found with?…They planted it…..

  • http://xxl kevin dodd

    Sumfn not ryt thr man 2yrs 4 same gun!!!ja shld gt less 4guilty plee “fuk eh polis”ja on eh cum bak,dnt let ths shit hold u dwn man, game needz ja!!!!

  • fireforreal

    Dammmmmn. You know 50 is loving this. He already got his clown on,on twitter. I hate hearing about rappers going to jail. Ya’ll know the law is not on your side broke and damn sure not when your rich. That’s hard for most cops,judges and lawyers to swallow that you make as much or more than them without sometimes even not graduating highschool. Make smarter choices and protect yourselves. An unregistered gun ? why ja ? why ?

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  • young_jay

    ja dont drop the soap homey watch ya ass lol

  • young_jay

    dont drop the soap homey watch ya ass lol

  • http://myspace.com/mudlifeent jimi_KY

    really!? What did you do to deserve this? how about riding around with a concealed weapon stupid ass.