North Carolina rapper Petey Pablo faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to gun charges resulting from his attempt to board a plane with a firearm on September 11, 2010, according to The Associated Press.
According to original reports, Pablo (born Moses Barrett III) was arrested when security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport found a Smith & Wesson 639 in his carry-on luggage. According to reports, the rapper was on his way to Los Angeles to attend the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Pablo claimed he didn’t know the gun was in the bag but was still charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and attempting to take a gun onto an aircraft. On Wednesday, the rapper — who is best known for his singles “Raise Up” and “Freek-a-Leek” — reached an agreement and pleaded guilty to the possession of a stolen firearm charge. The remaining two charges were dropped and the rapper faces sentencing in June.
Prior to making his rap debut, Pablo served six years of a 14-year jail bid for armed robbery. In 2001, he released his debut album, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, and saw the LP’s single “Raise Up” peak at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2004, he once again rose to prominence thanks to his hit single “Freek-a-Leek” (#7 on the Hot 100) from his sophomore album Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry. That same year, Pablo appeared on R&B singer Ciara’s breakout single “Goodies.” He reappeared with a meager hit in “Show Me the Money,” a song from the soundtrack to the 2006 film “Step Up,” but Pablo has made little to no musical noise since.