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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, 7:36 p.m.

    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, 6:03 p.m.

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

  • maybelle Sep 27, 5:53 p.m.

    And he has been in prision before

  • h3ardita11b4 Sep 27, 5:32 p.m.

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

  • issymayake Sep 27, 5:30 p.m.

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

  • Paladin2 Sep 27, 5:19 p.m.

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

  • Eightball Sep 27, 5:03 p.m.

    "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, 5:03 p.m.

    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, 5:01 p.m.

    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, 4:58 p.m.

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