Atlanta hip hop standout Gucci Mane, known to the federal corrections system as Radric Davis, has been charged in federal court with two separate counts of possessing a firearm while being a felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported today.
Davis is charged with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon after two September incidents during which he showed a gun and threatened police. Both charges carry the possibility of 10 years in federal prison each.
“The indictment charges that on two separate occasions, this defendant, a convicted felon, threatened individuals, including the police and his attorney with a gun” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns.”
Police say Davis became “increasingly agitated” and threatened officers. He was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and carrying a handgun.
The federal prosecutor’s news release indicates, however, that there were two incidents in September, two days apart and on the same week that Atlantic Records reportedly dropped Gucci Mane from its roster of artists.
“When offenders such as this use firearms to threaten individuals, including law enforcement officers sworn to protect our community, ATF takes this very seriously,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Christopher Shaefer in a statement. “ATF remains on the frontline of preventing violent crime along with our law enforcement partners and will continue to pursue those who violate the law, regardless of their celebrity status.”
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner even weighed in on the case, thanking the federal authorities for getting Gucci Mane off the streets and essentially calling the “Lemonade” rapper a menace to society.
“The Atlanta Police Department has made it a priority to take violent repeat offenders off our city streets and see that they are held responsible for their actions,” said Turner in a statement to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “We are thankful for the cooperation with our partner agencies, especially the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in bringing Mr. Davis to justice. We cannot tolerate convicted felons ignoring the law by carrying firearms and endangering our citizens.”
According to Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court in two separate instances, on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, Davis displayed a loaded firearm, acted erratically and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney.
Davis, 33, who hails from Atlanta was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 19. He made his initial appearance and was detained in custody pending his trial.
Each charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10-years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In March, Davis was arrested for hitting a man over the head with a champagne bottle at Harlem Nights nightclub in downtown Atlanta. The man told police who arrived at the scene that Davis hit him over the head after he told him he was a fan and tried to start a conversation with the rapper.
The soldier was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after the altercation where he received 10 stitches.
In 2010, Davis was also arrested in Atlanta for violating a number of traffic laws, but the charges were dismissed.