Lil Wayne begins one-year prison sentence for gun charges – video

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Chaotic scenes as rapper is led into court

Lil Wayne has begun his one-year prison sentence today (March 8) for gun crimes.

Watch video footage of the rapper being led into Manhattan Supreme Court – where he was mobbed by hundreds of fans and photographers – by clicking below.

Originally due to start his sentence last month, Wayne‘s incarceration was postponed initially so he could have emergency dental surgery, then delayed because of a courthouse fire.

The rapper, real name Dwayne Carter, is serving the jail-term stemming from an incident in 2007 in New York, where police officers found a handgun on his tourbus.

Lil Wayne said little in the courtroom, reports the New York Post. Asked by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon if he wanted to speak, the rapper simply shook his head and said “No”. He has now been taken to New York‘s main jail complex, Rikers Island, where he will serve his year-long sentence (though he could be let out after eight months for good behaviour).

The rapper’s lawyer Stacey Richman said he plans to continue making music in jail.

Watch footage of Lil Wayne arriving at court below.