Ja Rule Released From Prison!
Ja Rule is finally a free man. The Queens rapper was released from prison this morning (May 7).
A fellow Queens rapper, who happens to be familiar with the penal system, broke the news via Twitter.
"Just spoke to @Ruleyork everybody tell him welcome home!!!," tweeted N.O.R.E. aka P.A.P.I. early this morning.
Ja's official fan site, RuleYork, confirmed the news, "The Rule York team is very proud and excited to announce that Ja Rule has been released from prison!
Let's give him a warm welcome. Ja Rule's Twitter handle is @ruleyork.
Follow him and send him some welcoming tweets. We will be giving you more details of his release shortly. Stay tuned!"
According to TMZ, the man born Jeffrey Atkins was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York this morning, where he was picked up by his wife around 10 a.m.
He will be on house arrest until July 28.
Ja Rule served two years for a gun charge and 28 months for tax evasion in New Jersey, which ran concurrently.
The "Holla Holla" rapper was released from an upstate prison in February after completing his time for the gun charge but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax dodging charges.
Ironically, as news of Ja's release arrives, yesterday Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion.
In early 2013, while incarcerated, Ja Rule released an album titled Pain Is Love 2.
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In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of a weapon stemming from the arrest. New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence. On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two-year prison sentence was set for June 8. His publicist said that Ja Rule will turn himself in to authorities. He will go to Rikers Island first, then be sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.
In July 2011, Ja Rule received an additional 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion, to run concurrently with his state term, failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings between 2004–2006. He was released from state prison on February 21, 2013, but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax case, for which he has less than six months remaining on his sentence. Ja Rule was held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center and was set be released in July 28, 2013. On May 7, 2013, Ja Rule was released from prison early.