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Coolio Pleads No Contest

March 4, 1999

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.

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