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Rapper pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Beanie Sigel, a protege of rap superstar Jay-Z, faces around three years in prison.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Beanie Sigel, a Philadelphia rapper who was a protege of rap superstar Jay-Z, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug and weapons charges.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Sigel faces about three years in prison when he is sentenced July 8, authorities said.

The charges stemmed from a 2002 traffic stop when authorities said Sigel, whose birth name is Dwight Grant, ditched his sport utility vehicle and a loaded handgun while fleeing from police. Investigators said they found drugs in the vehicle, including codeine, Oxycodone and marijuana.

Sigel, 30, pleaded guilty in federal court to a drug count, and a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted on narcotics charges in 1995.

In a separate case involving the rapper, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday on a state charge of attempted murder.

Prosecutors say Sigel shot and seriously wounded a man outside a Philadelphia bar in July. He is also awaiting trial on charges that he fractured a 53-year-old man’s eye socket.

During his seven-year music career, Sigel’s records have sold more than 1 million copies.