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(Lil Wayne leaving the Manhattan courthouse yesterday)

wow….this certainly brings things to a grinding halt. The Associated Press reports:

The Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence.

He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction.

Police said a gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007.

UPDATE: Weezy will be sentenced in February 2010, so he’s free on bail until at least then. So I guess this means he’ll record 4 albums, shoot 20 videos, and do 2 laps around the globe before then….

The change in plea stems from the fact that prosecutors used a new test to show that there were traces of Wayne’s DNA on the gun in question. They really pulled out all the stops to get this guy for having a gun (that had an expired Georgia license) on his tour bus, didn’t they. He probably had a million in jewelry on that bus…My tax dollars at work.

Related: Lil Wayne and Ja Rule get arrested after performing at the Beacon Theater (Oct 8, 2007)

UPDATE 2: Here’s the TMZ footage of Wayne going to court this morning….(thanks to Ice for the link). But I just have to say….I know the camera man is making his living, but I can’t imagine having the nerve to be this obnoxious and ignorant to someone just to push them to react. “Make sure you stay around to see the kids, man….you know they got DNA testing in there for you…how you ‘Always Strapped’?” Wow…you sir, are quite the bottom feeder.

UPDATE 3: Juelz Santana reacted to Weezy’s plea deal in a phone call to MTV’s Shaheem Reid…He’s steaming mad.