*After four false starts, Lil Wayne was finally taken away in handcuffs to begin his year-long jail term for attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
The rapper was sentenced in Manhattan Monday, where he’ll serve his sentence in city jails, not a state prison. He could be released in about eight months with good behavior.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper, born Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty in October to having a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus in 2007.
Before Monday’s court appearance, it had proved difficult to actually begin Weezy’s agreed-upon sentence.
His first sentencing was postponed in February so he could undergo surgery on his jewel-encrusted teeth. Then, a fire shut down Manhattan’s main criminal courthouse while he was on his way there last week – causing two more delays.
City jail officials haven’t said where the multiplatinum-selling artist will be housed among their roughly 13,000 inmates. His lawyer has said she plans to ask for protective custody out of concern for his safety and health following his extended oral surgeries.