Ja Rule is trading one prison sentence for another. The same day he was released from New York’s Mid-State Correctional Facility for completing most of his two-year illegal gun possession sentence, he was taken into federal custody so it could be determined in what jail he’ll serve the rest of his time for tax evasion.
The rapper’s two-year gun possession imprisonment reportedly ran concurrently with his 28-month tax evasion sentence, so best case scenario he has less than six months left to serve. Defense attorney Stacey Richman says that Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, hopes to be eligible for a halfway house so he can get to work and pay off his back taxes.
“Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again,” Richman claims.
Ja Rule pleaded guilty to owning a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic gun in 2010, and then was found guilty of not paying taxes for more than $3 million between 2004 and 2006. AP reports he owed the IRS $1.1 million. Though he got out of prison for the gun case at his earliest possible release date, Ja Rule will have a year of supervised release one he is officially freed.