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Rapper Gucci Mane pleads guilty to federal firearms charge in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Rapper Gucci Mane pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal firearms charge in Atlanta.
The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The charge he pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors recommended that Davis be sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison.
His sentencing is set for July 28.
Davis was found to have a gun on Sept. 12 and had a different gun in his possession two days later, and he acted erratically and threatened people on both occasions, according to the indictment. The plea agreement focused only on the latter incident.
Early on Sept. 14, a man who said he was a friend of the rapper's called police to say Davis was walking down the street behaving violently, according to a police report. When police arrived, Davis smelled strongly of marijuana, cursed at them, called them names and threatened to shoot them, the report says.
Police arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge and found a clear baggie with what they believe was marijuana and a loaded .40-calibre Glock handgun, the report says. An ambulance was called, and Davis was sedated and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Davis' lawyer, Drew Findling, said his client is doing mentally and physically well now and is ready to get back to his life and to making music.
"The most important thing that took place today is that he accepted responsibility and is ready to move on," Findling said. "He's positive about his music, but most importantly, he's really just ready to take control of his life."
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