Coolio charged with felony firearm possession in Los Angeles
Rapper Coolio was charged on Thursday with unlawful firearm possession stemming from a handgun that prosecutors said was found in his backpack during baggage screening at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last month.
The rapper could be sentenced to as much as three years in state prison if convicted. Prosecutors said it was illegal for the Grammy winner to carry a gun because of two prior felony convictions in 2001 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and in 2009 for possession of cocaine base.
Coolio was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday for an arraignment, but the hearing was postponed until Oct. 26 after his lawyer told the judge that Coolio was out of state performing,
A warrant for Coolio’s arrest would be issued if he failed to appear for the later court date.
Coolio, a Los Angeles-area native, is perhaps best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” the No. 1 U.S. chart-topper that year and one of the best-selling singles of all time.