Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane pleads guilty to firearm charge

ATLANTA - Rapper Gucci Mane pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of possessing a firearm while being a felon, the latest in a long history of legal troubles for the Atlanta-based entertainer.

Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, has appeared in remixes with the Black Eyed Peas and Usher.

In 2001, Mane was arrested for cocaine possession and spent 90 days behind bars. He served a six-month prison term in 2005 for assault. In 2009, he was behind bars for a year for violating probation for that assault. Two years later, he was sentenced to six months in a Georgia jail after admitting to pushing a woman out of his car.

In the latest incident, police last September said they found Mane on a street in Atlanta, smelling strongly of marijuana, waving a handgun and making threats.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 39 months in prison. Sentencing has been set for July 28.

"This office will prosecute those who illegally possess firearms, especially when, as Davis did, they have a history of violence and threaten others with firearms," Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said in a statement Tuesday.