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Lil Wayne will be formally sentenced by a Manhattan judge today to a one-year prison term. The rapper is expected to turn himself in after sentencing and begin his prison term immediately.

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The sentencing is the final step in a case that dates back to July 2007, when Lil Wayne was arrested for gun possession in NYC after his first headlining concert in the city, MTV News reports.

In October, the rapper made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted gun possession.

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Originally Lil Wayne was facing as many as 15 years behind bars, but now he is expected to serve up to 10 months, with a possible early release after eight months for good behavior.

He will appear before Judge Charles H. Solomon Tuesday morning, formally enter his plea and likely turn himself in to begin his sentence right away.

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Leading up to his sentencing today, Lil Wayne has kept busy.

In December, he performed his final hometown show before he heads to the slammer,  and he has been working on Tha Carter IV, which will likely be released by the end of 2010.

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Although Lil Wayne also still faces charges in Arizona and has a trial set to begin March 30, these setbacks shouldn’t be too harmful to his music career.

“Wayne is from the streets, from the Magnolia Houses in New Orleans, so I’m sure those guys have been in jail or locked up at some point,” retired NYPD Detective Derrick Parker told MTV News. “So being in prison is no big deal to them.”

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