Grammy-winning rapper Coolio was charged on Thursday with unlawful firearm possession stemming from a handgun that prosecutors said was found in his backpack during a baggage screening at Los Angeles international airport last month.
The recording star, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey, could be sentenced to as much as three years in state prison if convicted, the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Prosecutors said it was illegal for the performer to carry a gun because of two prior felony convictions – in 2001, for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, and in 2009, for possession of cocaine base.
Coolio, 53, was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles superior court on Thursday for an arraignment, but the hearing was postponed until 26 October after his lawyer told the judge that Coolio was out of state performing, district attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. Read more