JaRule: Out of Prison in Gun Case! Back in Federal Custodyin Tax Case!
byFree Britneyat February 21, 2013 3:14 pm
The good news for rapper Ja Rule today? He is officially out of an Upstate New York prison after serving most of histwo-year sentence for gun possession.The bad news? He headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old out of Mid-State Correctional Facility this morning. He isnow being heldat theOneida County Jail in central New York.The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time left on a 28-month sentence fortax evasion that ran concurrently.Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house,defense attorney Stacey Richman said.Back taxes are one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work, too."People are looking forward to experiencing his talent again," she said.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack said it is being determined where Ja Rule will serve the rest of his time, and howmuch of the $1.1 million he owes the IRS has been paid.Once out of custody, he also faces a year of supervised release.Ja Rule went to prisonin Marcy, N.Y., in June 2011, and got out at his earliest possible release date, state correctionspokeswoman Linda Foglia said.He was written up twice for unauthorized phone calls in 2012 but had work assignments on lawn and grounds crews andparticipated in education programs.In the gun case, New York City police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic gun in a rear door of JaRule's $250,000 luxury car in 2010.