Earlier today, Ja Rule was released from a New York state penitentiary after serving most of a two year sentence on a gun charge. But the rapper is not in the clear, as Ja was taken right back into custody where he’ll be serving out another sentence in the federal penitentiary for a tax evasion charge.
As reported by the AP, U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he’ll serve time in the tax case.
Ja Rule’s two year prison sentence was due to a 2007 gun charge as police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic gun in a rear door of his car after it was stopped for speeding.
With the New York rapper taken right into federal custody following his release from state prison, his attorney said that Ja Rule has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion charge that ran concurrently with his two year sentence for his gun case.
Rule’s 28-month federal sentence stems from a tax evasion charge for failure to pay taxes on over $3 million that he earned between 2004 and 2006.
The rapper will have to serve about six more months in federal prison before he will be eligible for release to a halfway house. Once he has completed his sentence, Ja Rule is facing one year of supervised release.