Detroit rapper 42 Dugg, whose real name is Dion Hayes, has recently pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and failing to report to a federal prison camp in West Virginia to serve a six-month sentence. This admission could potentially result in a longer stay in prison of up to five years and a fine of $250,000. Hayes’ sentencing is set for May 10.
Under a plea agreement filed in federal court in Atlanta, prosecutors have recommended a six-month prison sentence for the troubled rapper. However, the judge can disregard this recommendation. As part of his sentence, Hayes has agreed to attend a 30-day inpatient drug treatment program followed by a 30-day outpatient drug treatment program.
This legal development is the latest in a string of arrests and criminal charges for the rising Detroit rapper, whose career has taken off in the last three years. Hayes’ criminal history dates back to 2010 when he was convicted of carjacking and felony firearms possession. He was released from prison six years ago and began building a successful rap career.
In November 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives received a tip that Hayes had fired a weapon inside Stoddard’s Range and Guns in Atlanta. The surveillance video from the gun range showed Hayes possessing, loading, and firing a 9 mm Glock pistol. He was arrested in March 2020 and charged with felony firearm possession.
Hayes’ legal troubles have also included a weeks-long multistate manhunt, which involved a secret spy gadget, drugs, and piles of cash. Despite his legal issues, his music career has continued to thrive.
Hayes’ lawyer, Marissa Goldberg, has not commented on the recent guilty plea. With this latest legal development, the future of 42 Dugg’s career and personal life remain uncertain.