Updated 03/02/2010 at 3:52 p.m.
Lil’ Wayne is free for at least another day due to a courthouse fire.
The AFP reports that the blaze broke out at the Manhattan complex where Wayne was to be formally sentenced today before being hauled off to prison. Eight people, including a prisoner and several firefighters, were hurt. Wayne was not injured.
The courthouse was eventually evacuated, and the flames have since been put out. There’s no word on the cause of the fire or when the complex will be open for operations again.
In the meantime, Wayne’s sentencing has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date. This is the second sentencing delay in his felony gun possession case.
The New Orleans rapper was supposed to start his one-year prison term on February 9, but his lawyer requested a delay so that Wayne could undergo serious oral surgery that included eight root canals.
Manhattan judge Charles H. Solomon and prosecution in the case agreed to hold off on sentencing because the dental care was “medically necessary.” Judge Charles gave Wayne more time than requested, explaining that he wanted this reprieve to be the only delay in sentencing.
According to MTV News, Wayne will go to court this afternoon when he’ll plead guilty to attempted gun possession. It’s expected that he’ll head directly to jail after his court appearance today. Although he’s being sentenced to one year behind bars, he could be released as early as October.
The charges, which basically mean he had access to a firearm, stem from a 2007 traffic stop when police found a gun on his tour bus. Although the weapon was actually registered under his manager’s name, police discovered it in a bag near Wayne, so he was only booked on charges of attempted gun possession. Full gun possession charges could have resulted in a 15-year sentence.
Wayne has been gearing up for his prison stay with parties, posting messages to Twitter and marathon video shoots. While he may be heading to lock-up later today, Weezy still wanted to leave fans present, so he dropped the video for “Roger That” last night.
The clip features a Sin City-esque feel that we weren’t quite expecting, but we’re excited to see how the director framed all these larger than life personalities. See how Young Money brought the comics to life when you watch “Roger That” below.
— Sonya Eskridge