Coolio Pleads No Contest
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) _ The rap star known as Coolio changed his plea to no contest and faces sentencing April 9 on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in his car.
Coolio, 35, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., entered the plea Wednesday in Superior Court, the day of a pretrial hearing. He originally pleaded innocent.
Coolio was in his military-style Hummer when a sheriff’s deputy stopped him in September for allegedly driving on the wrong side of a street in suburban Lawndale.
The rapper told the deputy that he had a gun in a door pouch, prosecutors said. The deputy allegedly seized a 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Coolio was convicted of a similar offense in 1994.