After saying goodbye on concert stages and online video streams, Lil Wayne had nothing to add as he was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan to a year in jail for having a loaded gun on his tour bus.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper delivered only a brief bow to fans and supporters as he was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs to start serving his sentence, The Associated Press reports.
With that, Lil Wayne, 27, headed off to face his punishment in a case that had shadowed him as he became one of music's most prolific and profitable figures in recent years.
Arrested in July 2007, he pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted he had the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his bus.
His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the rapper was resolute as he was taken away.
"He knew what he had to do, and he's doing it," she said.
Lil Wayne will serve his sentence at Rikers Island.