Weezy can breathe a sigh of relief today -- the legally challenged hip-hopster narrowly avoided even more jail time when a Yuma County judge sentenced him to probation this morning in the rapper's 2008 gun and drug case.
Lil Wayne, a.k.a. Dwayne Carter, a.k.a. Weezy, appeared in a Yuma County Court via-live video feed from New York City's Rikers Island jail -- where he's serving a year-long sentence for convictions similar to the charges in his Arizona case. He was wired in to Yuma to learn his fate after pleading guilty to one charge of drug possession on June 18.
The prosecutor in the case, Roger Nelson, told New Times last year that his office wouldn't offer a plea deal that would knock down the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor but that a change in plea would reduce or eliminate any time Weezy would spend behind bars.
The charges stem from a January 2008 incident when police found a quarter-pound of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine, and 41 grams of Ecstasy on Weezy's tour bus as he and his
entourage tried to go through the a checkpoint near Yuma.
On the bus, authorities also found a handgun.
Wayne made Arizona headlines again in August after violence broke out after a concert at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion.
Wayne's two tour busses were in the parking lot of a Phoenix apartment complex when things got gangsta, with residents of the apartment throwing bottles and rocks at the busses after women were seen leaving and entering the vehicles.
Wayne will begin his Arizona probation after he is released from jail in New York. Wayne will be on probation for three years, which is a hell of a bargain considering he was originally lookin' at up to 36 months in prison.
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