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Rapper Jeffrey Atkins, known better by his stage name Ja Rule, finished his prison stint in upstate New York Thursday and was released right back into custody Thursday by federal authorities.
According to NewsDay in Long Island, the platinum-selling rapper and actor was serving time on gun charges and a federal tax evasion charge, the latter of which he still has time to serve for. He was put into protective custody in a county jail until U.S. Marshalls picked him up Thursday morning.
Atkins’ lawyer is seeking a release to a halfway house, where he says the rapper can resume working to clear his tax troubles.
According to the U.S. Attorney handling the tax case, the prosecutors will seek a year of supervised release.
According to the New Pittsburgh Courier, Atkins was stopped by police in New York City for speeding and found a semi-automatic .40 caliber gun. He pleaded guilty in 2010 and began serving time at Marcy in June 2011.