NEW YORK — Lil Wayne’s sentencing has been delayed until March 2 due to dental surgery, his attorney announced in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday (February 9).
The rapper was scheduled to be formally sentenced by a judge and begin serving his one-year term stemming from a 2007 arrest that resulted in a guilty plea in October for attempted weapons possession.
The Cash Money MC arrived shortly after 2 p.m. with his label heads Birdman and Slim. He quietly entered the courtroom as photographers snapped pictures from the hallway. Wayne wore a navy coat and black-framed glasses, and he sat still while his lawyer Stacey Richman spoke.
She informed the judge that she sent a notification to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that the rapper is suffering from a cracked tooth and would need to postpone his sentence. The judge agreed and ruled to reschedule for March 2.
The rapper is set to undergo surgery February 12 in Miami, according to Richman. He will need a week to 10 days to recover. His defense offered prosecutors February 25 as a date for Wayne to turn himself him in after surgery, but Judge Charles H. Solomon instead selected March 2.
The judge then warned Wayne that he must return to Miami on Tuesday. Solomon insisted if he leaves tomorrow, there would be a chance his surgery would be delayed due to hazardous weather conditions leaving New York.
“I don’t want this to get pushed back anymore,” Solomon said. “This is the last adjournment.”
2:42 p.m.: When asked about the adjournment, Lil Wayne’s attorney, Stacey Richman, said she thinks the judge “made the proper health decision for Mr. Carter.”
2:33 p.m.: When asked how Wayne is holding up, Richman told CNN that Wayne is “a strong man” with a “strong mind.”
2:21 p.m.: The judge presiding over the case said, “Last adjournment are we clear?” Wayne must be ready on March 2 at 2:15 p.m. The adjournment is due to dental work he is having in Florida.
2:18 p.m.: Lil Wayne’s sentencing has been adjourned until March 2.
2:15 p.m.: The District Attorney is possibly consenting to push back for dental work to heal, Mineo reports.
2:13 p.m.: His case is being called before the judge.