On Sunday, Master P appeared on the season finale of “Dancing With the Stars” to witness fellow contestant Drew Lachey — erstwhile 98 Degrees singer and Nick’s little brother — waltz off with the contest’s trophy. The following afternoon, the No Limit Records mogul appeared in a Los Angeles court, where a judge ordered him to stand trial on weapons charges along with younger brother Silkk the Shocker.
The charges against the 38-year-old P (real name Percy Miller), and 30-year-old Vyshonne King Miller — better known by his professional moniker, Silkk the Shocker — stem from their arrests more than a year ago by campus police at the University of California at Los Angeles (see “Master P, Silkk The Shocker Charged With Gun Possession” ). The police stopped Master P’s car on January 27, 2005, after noticing the rapper’s vehicle was missing both its license plates. UCLA police say they subsequently spotted a gun peeking out from under the driver’s seat and a subsequent search of the car turned up another gun under the front passenger seat.
Master P and Silkk each face one felony count of carrying an unregistered and loaded gun. On Monday, Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman determined that there was enough evidence against both men to move forward with a formal criminal trial. Currently free on bail, each faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, according to Reuters. They are scheduled to return to court March 13.
Another of P’s brothers, Corey Miller — who formerly went by the stage name C-Murder — filed a motion last week with the Louisiana Supreme Court seeking a reversal of his second-degree murder conviction. Corey Miller was convicted of second-degree homicide in 2003 for shooting a 16-year-old boy at a New Orleans nightclub. His conviction was first overturned by a judge in 2004 but was later reinstated by a state appeals court last March (see “C-Murder Loses Latest Legal Battle, Faces Life Sentence” ).
C-Murder’s defense attorney argues that evidence related to the criminal backgrounds of the state’s three eyewitnesses was not turned over, reports The Associated Press. There’s no word on when the high court with rule on the motion.