Rapper Ja Rule's gun possession prison sentence has ended , but not with freedom for the rapper. Yahoo News reports on Thursday, Feb.21 that Ja Rule was set to leave prison, where he has been locked up for nearly two tears for illegal gun possession, but unfortunately for Ja Rule he will not be a free man. He will be taken immediately into federal custody for tax evasion.
In 2010 Ja Rule was arrested after NYC police found a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic in his car during a routine stop for speeding.
Since Ja Rule has paid that debt to society he will now be on the line for $1.1 million in back taxes. Ja rule's attorney Stacey Richman stated that Ja Rule may have to serve less than six months, and may be eligible for a halfway house.
"Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again," Richman said.
Ja Rule scored a Grammy Award nomination in 2002 for the best rap album with "Pain is Love." He also has appeared in movies, including "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.
He admitted in March 2011 in federal court that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million he earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in Saddle River, N.J.
"I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," he told the judge. "I was a young man who made a lot of money — I'm getting a little choked up — I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes."
Richman said the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is looking forward to his daughter's graduation.
Ja Rule made his debut in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti.