Ja Rule given two-year jail sentence for gun crime

Rapper will be allowed to finish album before going to prison

Ja Rule has been sentenced to two years in prison for attempted criminal possession of a loaded gun.

The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, will begin his sentence on June 8. He appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 8) to hear the verdict.

He pleaded guilty to possessing a gun in a Manhattan court on December 13. The charge related to an incident in 2007 when police found a gun in his car after stopping him for speeding.

According to the New York Post, Judge Justice Richard Carruthers allowed the rapper’s sentence to begin in June rather than this month, so he can sort out his taxes and finish his new album, ‘The Renaissance Project’.