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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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1.

pentta    

lindsey lohan is a whore.

429 days ago
2.

6one9    

Dumb ass!!

429 days ago
3.

Jballs     

What would they do without yoooooooouuuuu

429 days ago
4.

josh    

YES!!!!!! BRING BACK JA!! #HIPHOPISBACK!!!

429 days ago
5.

DuckfaceJones    

Sup w/the celebs not paying they fair share? Huh?

429 days ago
6.

HfromDublin     

Party!!

429 days ago
7.

Jenn    

How is it at all logical for prison sentences to run concurrently? It's like he's being rewarded for committing multiple crimes so close together. If you are sentenced to 2 years for one offense and 2 years for a completely unrelated one, then you should serve 4 years, not 2.

429 days ago
8.

"Carlton"    

It's astonishing." how some celebrities are getting incarcerated simply because of tax evasion! Uncle Sam wants his currency at the end of the day! :)

429 days ago
9.

Sherms    

I forgot all about this guy!

429 days ago
10.

Queen.of.the.Obvious    

And somewhere Ashanti's eye's just lit up with the faint hope of reviving her career....

429 days ago
11.

King of TMZ    

#ThugLIfe

Somebody give him a Twitter tutorial already!

429 days ago
12.

WOW    

GLAD U OUT!..BUT YO RAPPING SKILLS STILL LOCKED UP.

429 days ago
13.

Ashley    

Fuk when Ja left, Ashanti's career failed big time.....................let's bring some old hip hop back!

429 days ago
14.

ikylebye    

ja rule is back! #****TheGunPolicy

429 days ago
15.

James R. - Los Angeles    

He'll be back in jail soon. We hope.

429 days ago
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