Lil Zay Osama Facing 20 Years In Prison On Gun Charges
Lil Zay Osama is facing up to 20 years in prison after being indicted on gun charges.
The Chicago rapper (real name Isaiah Jaylaun Dukes) was arrested in September 2022 after he left a machine gun in the backseat of an Uber.
When the driver picked up Lil Zay and some friends from a Manhattan hotel, he noticed that the rapper had a gun which was then left behind in the vehicle, causing the Uber employee to phone the police.
While the weapon in question is a Glock pistol, it has been modified with a device that converts the gun into an automatic weapon.
New York authorities determined the weapon counted as an automatic weapon as it can “fire more than one round with a single function of the trigger.”
Lil Zay has been indicted for possession of an unregistered machine gun. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars, per The Messenger.
The 26-year-old rapper is already being held in custody but in Illinois regarding a different case.
He was arrested in Chicago in December and charged with possession of a loaded machine gun, theft of stolen goods exceeding $10,000 but not more than $100,000, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
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The police arrested Zay and two friends after they received information regarding a vehicle connected to a man who was wanted in suspicion of an armed robbery at a jewelry store. It was not established if Zay was the party being investigated for the armed robbery.
The trio initially led the police on a chase with a helicopter deployed to track them down.
It was reported that police found a loaded Glock 29 with a laser, an extended magazine and a switch that converts the weapon into a fully automatic machine gun and a loaded Glock 19 with a fifty-round drum magazine and a defaced serial number inside their vehicle.
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