Rapper Lil' Wayne's Sentencing Postponed by Courthouse Fire
By Shayna Jacobs
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Rapper Dwayne "Lil' Wayne" Carter's one-year trip to Rikers Island was postponed once again because of a fire at the court building, upsetting twin sisters who'd taken the day off to see their idol before he was sent to the Big House.
Carter was scheduled to be sentenced and jailed on Tuesday afternoon, but the sentencing may be rescheduled Wednesday, according to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Charles Solomon.
That was bad news for Kelly and Shannon Mulkern, who traveled to the courthouse to see him.
"We're huge Lil' Wayne fans," the twins told DNAinfo. "We'd stalk him if we could."
The courthouse at 100 Centre Street was closed Tuesday after a fire broke out in the basement around 10:30 a.m. Court employees speculated that the courthouse could also be closed on Wednesday, if not longer.
This is not the first temporary reprieve from imprisonment for the rapper.
A judge delayed the Cash Money Records recording artist's sentencing so he could undergo dental surgery on Feb. 12.
The star, known for his glittering and ostensibly pricey "gangsta grillz," reportedly endured eight root canals on the same day. His attorney, Stacey Richman, would not confirm the details of his surgery when reached by phone on Monday.
Carter, 27, pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in Manhattan Supreme Court, stemming from a 2007 tour bus arrest after a Beacon Theatre concert.
The rapper is also facing drug charges from a separate tour bus bust in Arizona.
Once Carter is formally sentenced he will be classified and assigned to an appropriate jail facility, a Department of Correction spokesperson said.
Correction officials evaluate health considerations, criminal history and other factors before sending an inmate to one of 10 Rikers Island facilities.
High profile inmates, like Carter, are typically housed separately from the general population.
Carter, who released an album called "Rebirth" on Feb. 2, vowed to spend his period of incarceration writing music.