Coolio charged with firearm possession

Grammy-winning rapper Coolio was charged with unlawful firearm possession stemming from a handgun that prosecutors said was found in his backpack during baggage screening at Los Angeles International Airport last month.

The recording star, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey, 53, could be sentenced to as much as three years in state prison if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Prosecutors said it was illegal for the performer to carry a gun because of two prior felony convictions – in 2001 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and in 2009 for possession of cocaine base.

The rap artist was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment, but the hearing was postponed until Oct. 26 after his lawyer told the judge that Coolio was out of state performing, district attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

Santiago said a warrant for Coolio‘s arrest would be issued if he failed to appear for the later court date.

The rapper’s lawyer, Michael Aisen, declined to comment on the case.

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