Lil Wayne's sentencing has been delayed yet again. Now, the rapper will appear before a judge on Monday and turn himself in to begin his one-year prison sentence.
The rapper was scheduled to appear in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, but a fire at the New York Criminal Court building delayed his hearing.
This is the third delay overall. The rapper was originally slated to be sentenced last month, but his attorney made a last-minute request to postpone the proceedings in order for Wayne to undergo dental surgery. The judge granted the request and rescheduled the proceedings for Tuesday of this week. But when an unexpected fire occurred Tuesday morning at the courthouse, all afternoon cases were pushed back.
A spokesperson for the Office of Court Administration told MTV News Wednesday morning (March 3) that Lil Wayne's case has be rescheduled for Monday, March 8.
Wayne is expected to formally enter a guilty plea to attempted gun possession after he and prosecutors reached a deal in the case in November. He will serve a one-year prison term, and it is widely believed that he could be out in as early as eight months later, assuming good behavior. The rapper was arrested in 2007 on gun charges and was facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The MC star is expected to turn himself in immediately after his sentencing.
In other states, Lil Wayne could have gotten off with a misdemeanor rap and probation. However, in New York, permission to carry firearms is primarily limited to law-enforcement officials and those affiliated with authorities. The Empire State's stringent gun laws were originally enacted during former governor George Pataki's administration.
On Tuesday, with an unexpected extra night of freedom, Wayne surprised fans at Madison Square Garden when he appeared onstage with Young Jeezy during Jay-Z's headlining show. While Wayne's plans for the coming days were unclear at press time, expect to see more exclusive videos from the MC right here on MTVNews.com.