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Aspiring Chicago rapper sentenced to over 15 years in prison after brandishing guns in music video

February 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Aspiring Chicago rapper sentenced to over 15 years in prison after brandishing guns in music video

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Aspiring rapper Ricardo Burgos was sentenced to over 15 years behind bars after posing in a music video with firearms despite the fact that he has a prior felony conviction.

The video shows the 31-year-old Chicago-based artist who performs under the alias Nation, brandishing two guns as he rapped “about drugs, committing acts of violence and disrespecting law enforcement,” prosecutors stated.

Federal prosecutors said the music video, which could not immediately be located online Wednesday, was recorded in a hotel room in January 2016, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The rapper was taken into custody soon after.

Ricardo Burgos (Chicago Police)

Although the U.S. has some of the globe’s most lax gun laws, felons are prohibited from owning firearms.

Ricardo Burgos was previously convicted of dealing crack cocaine and heroin.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 188 months behind bars by Judge Robert Guzman at a Chicago federal court.

Prosecutors said one of the guns in the video was a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been robbed from a store in Indiana.

It was used in a shooting in Chicago before he made the video.

While U.S. federal policy forbids felons from owning weapons, states can restore firearm rights – and have increasingly done so, with support from the pro-gun lobby.

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