December 27, 2007 02:24:14 GMT
A judge issued an arrest warrant for rapper Yung Joc after he showed up seven hours late to his arraignment Wednesday, Dec 26 on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Yung Joc, who's facing felony charges for carrying a concealed weapon to an airport, failed to show up at Cleveland Municipal Court for his arraignment Wednesday, December 26 and thus was awarded an arrest warrant by judge.
Joc failed to appear in court for a scheduled 8:30 A.M. hearing due to what his attorney cited as personal financial and family obligations. Was considered a fugitive, the rapper then got a warrant issued for his arrest. In addition to that, Municipal Judge Michael John Ryan also increased Joc's bond from $50,000 to $100,000.
Finally showed up late that afternoon, reportedly seven hours late to his initial scheduled hearing, Joc fortunately had his arrest warrant revoked and the amount of his bond reduced back to $50,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 25 next year.
Didn't enter a plea, Joc who insisted to maintain his innocence simply told reporters outside the courtroom "Happy New Year."
Joc was arrested early Sunday, December 23 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after trying to board a Delta flight to Atlanta with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. The Grammy-nominated rapper, however, insisted he didn't know the weapon was there.