Coolio charged with a felony after gun found in bag at LAX

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say rapper Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was charged Thursday with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Coolio has two prior convictions in 2001 and 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and drug possession.

Prosecutors say a handgun was found in Coolio's carry-on bag during security screening at LAX in September.

If convicted, Coolio faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

A call to his manager was not immediately returned.