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Rapper gets 35 months in prison on gun charge

Posted September 27, 2011

— 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.


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  • BrightLight Sep 27, 2011

    Fortunately for this guy, he didn't nearly kill some old man near Falls Lake. Otherwise, he might have gotten another month or two of prison time. I'm not a rapper fan but the sentencing disparity here is ridiculous.

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 27, 2011

    I'm sure he'll find something to sing to his new roommate.

  • maybelle Sep 27, 2011

    And he has been in prision before

  • h3ardita11b4 Sep 27, 2011

    Incomprehensible? Inscrutable? Unfathomable?. How happy are you that google's around?

  • issymayake Sep 27, 2011

    What will the Tar Heel marching band play at games when they have a big score now?

  • Paladin2 Sep 27, 2011

    The story originated in New Bern because Petey was sentenced in Eastern District Court there.

  • Eightball Sep 27, 2011

    "For the life of me, I will never understand the ignorance of country folks"...Incomprehensible? Inscrutable? Unfathomable?....with a comment like that, well...

  • flapy Sep 27, 2011

    that's the problem. they sit home in front of the tv all day or on GOLO assuming. they know nothing outside of this area. wakemom- I see your your user name on GOLO more than anyone else so don't lie

  • Caroline Marie Sep 27, 2011

    I thought he looked like Will Smith, too. And, kids idolize him??? Most kids don't even know who he is except the 30 something ones!

  • kota29473 Sep 27, 2011

    You ALL have to much time on your hands to even be talking about this loser.(or are you on the bosses time)