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Rapper gets 35 months in prison on gun charge

Posted September 27, 2011 10:57 a.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2011 11:02 a.m. EDT

— 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.