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Ja Rule

Released

From Prison

5/7/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ja Rule is finally a free man ... TMZ has learned, the rapper was released from prison today after serving out his sentences for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion.

Mr. Rule -- real name Jeffrey Atkins -- was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York this morning. A source close to the rapper tells TMZ, his wife picked him up around 10AM and drove him straight home, where he'll remain on home confinement until July 28th.

The rapper was hit with the 2-year sentence in 2010 when he pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- stemming from a 2007 incident in which cops found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car. He turned himself in to authorities in June 2011.

In July 2011, Ja Rule was also sentenced to 28 months behind bars for tax evasion, after failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings from 2004-2006. Ja Rule served the tax evasion sentence concurrently with his gun possession sentence.

He was originally set for release in July ... but he got out early.

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1:59 AM PT -- Ja's spokesperson, Melanie A. Bonvicino, tells TMZ ... "My client Jeffrey Atkins (aka Ja Rule) was released this morning from the Raybrook Correctional Facility in Upstate New York to serve out his federal time obligation due under the terms set forth in accordance with home confinement which were secured by his attorney Stacy Richman."

"At present, he looks forward to spending some time with his family while he completes his memoir."

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43 COMMENTS

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16.

Kevin    

Okay...???
WHY IS IT, that a WHITE man can have a Gun and "IT'S HIS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT"...
but a BLACK MAN has a gun and He goes to JAIL for two years, OR MORE?!?!??!
Hmmmm...Take a little "Stab in the dark" here shall we?!?!?! Hmmm..I wonder...?!?!?!?

500 days ago
17.

USA#1    

Ja Fool just another ghetto thug who needs to be kept in prison and out of society.

500 days ago
18.

kingbee    

Dats my ***** happy to herr

500 days ago
19.

mr.howell     

This idiot looks like a total A-hole!..send him back to prison before his crime spree stars again!..ASAP!

500 days ago
20.

EasilyHard    

Please team up with that Segal dude again Make Kim K the star too = Douche Trifecta

500 days ago
21.

Joe NYer    

Ja Who?

500 days ago
22.

Toilethead    

Bummer. I'm sure he'll be back in soon.

500 days ago
23.

Six Million Dollar Man    

This chump looks like Will Smith way too much.

500 days ago
24.

Mimi    

Serious question: do you still have to pay taxes if you do time for tax evasion. I don't understand why they don't pay up. But at a million a year, I guess you could save a bunch by going to Federal prison. Any tax lawyers or IRS peeps know if they still have to pay. I'm thinking of Wesley, Lauren Hill, etc. I think WIllie Nelson made up the tax bill with his "IRS tapes" recording!

500 days ago
25.

kitnplayn    

Thug's can never be proud.

500 days ago
26.

str8edgewriter    

And STILL no street cred

500 days ago
27.

Gary Linn    

Never heard of him

499 days ago
28.

hitman    

so?

499 days ago
29.

Encouraged    

He's not a star, he's a punk! Put him back in prison with his husband.

499 days ago
30.

MaryLou    

Sickening-

499 days ago
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