Bench Warrant Issued for an Incarcerated Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne started serving his one year prison sentence at Rikers Island in New York last week, but that didn't stop an Arizona judge from issuing a bench warrant for the troubled rapper. According to the Associated Press, a Yuma Country Superior Court Judge issued the warrant after Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, didn't to appear in court for a final trial management conference.
The case stems from a January 2008 incident where Lil Wayne's tour bus was stopped at a border check point in Arizona, 78 miles east of Yuma and police claim they found cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun. Wayne was arrested and charged with possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.James Tilson, Lil Wayne's attorney said that his client couldn't appear in court because he is already serving a one-year jail sentence. Tilson has filed a motion to have Lil Wayne's March 30 trial date vacated and requested that Wayne be able to appear in Yuma when he is sentence in New York is complete. He also asked that his bond remain the same amount.
"It doesn't appear that a trial will be occurring anytime withing the next eight to 12 months," Tilson the AP. Despite Tilson's request, Deann Sandry, a Yuma County prosecutor says Lil Wayne is now a convicted felon and that a bench warrant should be issued and his bond be increased to the sum of $150,000.