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Lil Wayne bus shooter sentenced to 10 years in prison

A man suspected of shooting at Lil Wayne's tour bus in Georgia earlier this year (15) has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

Jimmy Carlton Winfrey was arrested in June (15) after one of the rapper's vehicles was sprayed with bullets following an appearance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia in April (15).


No injuries were reported and police subsequently accused Winfrey of committing the crime in order to raise his gang status and he was charged with a total of 27 counts, including aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, criminal damage, possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal gang activity, reckless conduct and discharging a weapon near the street.


He has since pleaded guilty to six gang-related charges and on Friday (20Nov15), he was ordered to serve a decade in prison for the crimes. He must also spend 10 years on probation following his release, according to TMZ.com.


Winfrey's sentence comes four months after details from his indictment reportedly revealed he made a phone call to Lil Wayne's estranged label boss, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, immediately after the shooting.


Williams, who owns Cash Money Records, was not charged with any crime related to the incident and he later spoke out to dismiss allegations of his involvement.


"(That's) the craziest s**t I ever heard in my life," he told New York radio host Angie Martinez. "Any n**ga gonna bust a gun at Lil Wayne, I got a problem with that... I'd rather a n**ga pop at me than pop at my child (sic)."


The two hip-hop stars have been locked in a longstanding feud ever since Wayne filed a $51 million suit against Williams, accusing him of failing to pay royalties allegedly owed for his long-delayed album, Tha Carter V.


Wayne, who is also demanding he be released from his contract, has yet to comment on the tour bus shooting or Winfrey's sentence.