Ja Rule Starts Prison Sentence for Gun Case

Rapper Ja Rule reported to prison on Wednesday to start a two-year sentence for a 2007 gun case.

The rapper pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a weapon in December 2010, more than three years since authorities found an unregistered semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car after stopping him for speeding. His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, could serve only up to 20 months if he stays out of trouble in jail. Atkins was expected to stay at a city jail before being moved to a state prison, the Associated Press said in a report.

Ja Rule, 35, shot to stardom in the early 2000s for his collaborations with the likes of Ashanti, Christina Millian, R. Kelly, and Jennifer Lopez. The Grammy nominated rapper has also dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as “The Fast and the Furious,” “Half Past Dead,” and “Scary Movie 3.” He is expected to release his latest studio album, “Pain is Love 2,” next month or in August.