At the close of a state court hearing on an assault case in Philadelphia yesterday (July 9), rapper Beanie Sigel was arrested by federal officials and charged with being a felon in possession of a fir

At the close of a state court hearing on an assault case in Philadelphia yesterday (July 9), rapper Beanie Sigel was arrested by federal officials and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sigel, a South Philadelphia native whose real name is Dwight Grant, was to remain in custody on the weapons charge until a federal detention hearing scheduled for Monday, said his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr.

The charge comes from an April 20 arrest in Philadelphia, when police said Sigel threw a gun from his vehicle during a traffic stop, Perri said.

The 29-year-old also has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday on a charge of shooting a man outside a West Philadelphia bar. Last week, Sigel surrendered to police on an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting Terrence Speller in the stomach and foot on July 1.

Police said Sigel fired two shots after intervening in an argument between Speller and two women outside the Pony Tail Bar. Speller was expected to recover. Sigel posted bond in that case early Saturday.

"He's prepared to defend himself against all allegations," Perri said.

In the court hearing yesterday, a Philadelphia judge threw out a felony assault charge but upheld two misdemeanor charges against Sigel for a January assault. The victim, Wendall Mathis, testified that Sigel punched him in both eyes, breaking the orbital bone around his left eye, according to Assistant District Attorney Crystal Scott.

An Aug. 7 trial date was set in that case, Perri said.

Sigel's 1995 drug conviction is the basis for the federal gun-possession charge, Perri said.

A protege of Jay-Z, Sigel gained a following with his 2000 Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The Truth." He followed that up with 2001's "The Reason," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200.


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