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Young Jeezy pleads not guilty following illegal weapons arrest


Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to charges following his Aug. 24 arrest for possession of illegal weapons in connection with a Bay Area shooting last Friday.

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A spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office made the statement regarding the rapper’s plea, which was entered on Tuesday.

The rapper, whose real name in Jay Wayne Jenkins, and fellow tour bus members, Kena Marshall, Peter Maynard, David Kuniansky-Altman, William Gilmore and Alexa Beason, were arrested for illegal gun possession after police searched their tour bus and found an AK-47 inside.

The search followed a shooting that took the life of 38-year-old Eric Johnson backstage at a Wiz Khalifa concert in Mountain View, California. Johnson was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. He had reportedly sustained multiple bullet wounds.

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Young Jeezy co-headlined Khalifa’s Under the Influence tour.

Police said Young Jeezy and the others arrested are being cooperative. As of now, they are not being charged in the murder and are not said to be suspects in the shooting.

Authorities are still searching for a suspect in the shooting. According to Rolling Stone, witnesses reported the shooter used a black handgun with a large clip.

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All Hip Hop reports bail is set at $1 million. It has yet to be paid, so Young Jeezy remains behind bars. A hearing is scheduled to take place Sept. 5 following the rapper’s plea to charges.

This is far from the first time Young Jeezy has been arrested and it’s also not the first time he’s been arrested for firearms-related charges. At the beginning of this year, Young Jeezy was arrested for beating and threatening to kill his teenage son. The rapper was also arrested and charged in 2005 with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, though charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

Young Jeezy and his reps have yet to comment publicly on the most recent charges. Though Young Jeezy is behind bars, his Twitter still remains active promoting his latest album, Seen It All.

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