Beanie Sigel To Plead Guilty, Face Jail Time On Gun Charges

Federal sentencing guidelines suggest he could get three years.

Beanie Sigel will plead guilty to gun charges Thursday in a Philadelphia federal courtroom, according to his attorney, a move that will guarantee the State Property rapper jail time.

Sigel's troubles started when he allegedly punched a man in the eye in January 2003. Beanie was arrested three months later, but only after a high-speed car chase and pursuit on foot. During the incident, cops observed Sigel toss a handgun and discovered an assortment of drugs in his vehicle (see "Beanie Sigel Returns To Jail").

Federal guidelines suggest Sigel could get three years for the guilty plea.

"He's pleading because he's prepared to accept his responsibility," said Sigel's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr. "He's taken some considerable steps in [this]. He's done charity events and things for the community. He wants to accept responsibility and try to put this experience behind him."

Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, will enter his guilty plea to U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick on Thursday. Perri said he expects sentencing in eight to 10 weeks and that he hopes the judge will allow Sigel to remain out on bail until then.

Sigel still has other legal troubles to sort out. He must still answer charges for aggravated assault and attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man twice outside a Philadelphia bar in July (see "Beanie Sigel Arrested, Charged With Attempted Murder"). Jury selection in that trial starts next week.

Sigel was granted permission by a judge to shoot scenes last month for "State Property 2," a movie being directed by Roc-A-Fella ringleader Damon Dash. On set, he joked about his troubles, saying that he was "laughing to keep from crying."