Lil Wayne released from prison after eight months

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2010, 17:16 PM IST

New York: Rap superstar Lil Wayne was released from prison after serving eight months of a year-long sentence for attempted gun possession.

A spokesperson for the Rikers Island prison facility which had housed the rapper, confirmed that he had been discharged, reported New York Post online.
In March, Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, turned himself into New York authorities after he struck a plea deal in his case stemming from a 2007 gun arrest in Manhattan.

The rapper and his entourage were leaving his first headline performance in the Big Apple when police pulled over his tour bus.

The New York Police Department alleged they smelled marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle and later searched the bus. Authorities discovered drugs and a gun, registered in Wayne`s manager`s name.

In New York, gun laws prohibit people without proper registration from being within operating capacity of a firearm.

As a result, the rapper was charged with gun possession and eventually pleaded guilty to attempted gun possession.

The rapper will celebrate his homecoming with a party at a Miami strip club and is expected to perform at his protege, rapper Drake`s `Light Dreams and Nightmares` tour stop in Las Vegas.

PTI