Rapper gets 35 months in prison on gun charge
Posted September 27, 2011
New Bern, N.C. — Rapper and Wake Forest resident Petey Pablo was sentenced Monday to 35 months in prison on a federal gun charge, authorities said.
Pablo, 38, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a stolen firearm.
The rapper, best known for his hit songs "Raise Up" and "Freek-a-Leek," was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sept. 11, 2010, when a security screener found a 9mm handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Investigators later determined that the gun was stolen during a 2005 residential burglary in Gardena, Calif., authorities said.
Pablo was trying to catch a U.S. Airways flight to Los Angeles for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards when he was arrested, authorities said.