It looks like [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] will get at least one more day of freedom before beginning [article id="1632931"]his yearlong prison sentence[/article] for gun charges. On Tuesday morning (March 2), hundreds of people were evacuated from the New York courthouse where Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter) was to be sentenced due to a smoky basement fire. Wayne's lawyer, Stacey Richman, told MTV News that the hearing has been postponed and will not take place on Tuesday; the new date was unclear at press time.
According to The Associated Press, courts spokesman David Bookstaver said the fire was apparently started in a wooden contractor's shed, causing the evacuation around 10:30 a.m. after the building filled with smoke.
NY1 reported that the courthouse would be closed for the rest of the day as a result of the fire, which caused injuries to five firefighters, two civilians and one prisoner. It took crews over an hour to bring the blaze under control.
After winning a [article id="1631576"]sentencing delay in order to undergo eight root canals[/article], Wayne was scheduled to be formally sentenced and turn himself in to begin his one-year prison term in New York on Tuesday. Wayne, 27, pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Wayne has been working feverishly in recent weeks to [article id="1632930"]complete a number of videos[/article] and songs to stay relevant during his physical absence. He released a statement to fans late Monday, in which he tweeted, "Yesterday i smiled, today i smirked, tomorrow i stop ... Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, they're needed. The F is for family, friends, and fans..........thank u...........your love and prayers are felt. They kant lok up my heart bekuz y'all already have it on lok. ......thank u."