- Associated Press - Monday, December 13, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Ja Rule has pleaded guilty in New York to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The gun-possession case stems from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car. The rapper said “this isn’t a good day” and declined to discuss the case as he left a Manhattan court.

Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the $250,000-plus car after it was stopped for speeding.

In court Monday, Ja Rule was promised a two-year prison sentence. He’s free until sentencing, on a date yet to be set. He’s due in court Feb. 9 for an update.

Ja Rule’s “Pain is Love” was nominated for a best rap album Grammy Award in 2002. The 34-year-old rapper _ born Jeffrey Atkins _ also has appeared in movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious.”

(This version CORRECTS that sentencing date is yet to be set, but he is due in court Feb. 9.)