Yung Joc was scolded by a Cleveland judge for showing up to court late Wednesday (December 26) for his arraignment on a felony gun charge, according to Reuters. An arrest warrant had been issued for the “It’s Goin’ Down” rapper after he hadn’t shown up at the arraignment, which stemmed from an incident at an airport on Sunday.
However, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Michael Ryan allowed Yung Joc, who was born Jasiel Robinson, to remain free on $50,000 bond, which he had posted Monday. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 25.
The 27-year-old Atlanta native was arrested Sunday and charged with carrying a concealed weapon — a third-degree felony — after he had allegedly attempted to take a loaded gun onto a Delta Air Lines flight out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
The rapper, who was on his way home after performing in Cleveland Saturday night, was detained at a standard security checkpoint as he was heading to his departing flight. Joc could face additional federal charges, although there’s no indication yet when such charges could come down. He could reportedly face up to 18 months in prison on the concealed-weapon charge.
The AP reported that police found a semiautomatic handgun and armor-piercing ammunition in Joc’s carry-on luggage. Joc reportedly told authorities that he did not know the weapon was there.
Because he was late for the Wednesday morning arraignment, Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Gayle Williams told the wire service that the rapper was considered a fugitive of the law.
Joc’s attorney, Stanley Jackson Jr., was apologetic about his client’s absence at the hearing and said the rapper was out of town on personal and family obligations. Ryan chided the lawyer but allowed Yung Joc to stay free on bond, Reuters reports. Jackson Jr. said his celebrity client is innocent of the charge.
The arrest marks the second time in three months that the rapper has faced legal troubles. In late September, Joc, along with rapper T-Pain, were involved in a skirmish inside a London nightclub, after someone allegedly tried to rob him of some jewelry.
The rapper’s most recent LP, Hustlenomics, opened at #3 on Billboard‘s albums chart in late August, selling more than 69,000 copies. To date, the record has sold more than 173,000 units.
[This story was originally published at 11:23 a.m. ET on 12.26.2007]