Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges
Lil' Wayne
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updated 10/22/2009 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/22/2009 01:25PM

Rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to second-degree weapons possession charges on Thursday in a New York City courtroom, changing his previous not-guilty plea.

Under the terms of the plea bargain the rapper, 27, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., may be sentenced to as much as a year in jail.

New York City police found a .40-caliber handgun on his tour bus in July 2007, and DNA evidence reportedly linked him to the weapon. If he'd been found guilty by a jury, he could have faced up to three-and-a-half years in prison, Rolling Stone reports.

He's still not out of the woods – Wayne faces a trial for felony drug possession and weapon possession in Arizona after an incident in which marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun were allegedly found on his tour bus.

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