On his way out of office, as is customary with all presidents, President Donald Trump granted a large number of pardons, including one to rapper Lil Wayne.
Facing a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison on a firearm possession charge, Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was granted a full pardon with some help from Jackson State head football coach Deion Sanders.
In a statement issued by the White House (seen below), ‘Coach Prime’ is credited with speaking on behalf of Lil Wayne.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. – President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as “Lil Wayne.” Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago. Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr. Carter, describes him as “trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.” Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks. Deion Sanders, who also wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”
In total, President Trump granted 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals.