Each charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison as well as fine.
Rapper Gucci Mane may spend 20 years in jail following his latest run-in with the law. According to U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the Atlanta rapper was charged in federal court on Tuesday, December 3 with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon following two separate incidents in September.
If convicted on both charges, Mane may face 20 years in jail and a $500,000 fine. As quoted by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, his lawyer Drew Findling said, "We are actively reviewing the discovery (of evidence federal and local authorities have in the case)." The rapper will be held in the DeKalb County Jail until his next court appearance in January. He has been there since his September 14 arrest.
Reports previously suggested that Mane was "increasingly agitated" on that date when the police came following his friend's report. Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, was said threatening the officers and was arrested as the result. He was charged with disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and carrying a handgun.
The federal prosecutor's new press release, however, stated that actually there were two incidents that month. "On September 12, 2013, Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm. Then, just two days later, on September 14th, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun. On both occasions, Davis displayed the loaded firearm, acted erratically, and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney," the release read.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates commented on the case, "This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns." Atlanta Police Chief George Turner additionally said in a statement, "We cannot tolerate convicted felons ignoring the law by carrying firearms and endangering our citizens."