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Chicago rapper gets 15 years for holding illegal gun in music video

By Ray Downs
Chicago rapper gets 15 years for holding illegal gun in music video
Ricardo Burgos, 31, will serve 15 years in federal prison for brandishing a gun in a music video. Photo by Chicago Police

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A rapper from Chicago was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday after he brandished illegal firearm in a music video.

Ricardo Burgos, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

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Burgos went by the name "Nation" when he filmed a music video in a suburban hotel room back in January 2016. In that video, he held two guns in front of the cameras. But Burgos was a felon and not allowed to possess firearms. And when he police saw the video, they arrested him.

"Law enforcement subsequently determined that the .45-caliber pistol had been stolen from a store in Indiana," the Department of Justice said in a statement. "The gun was also used in a shooting in Chicago two days before the music video was filmed."

The drug charges result from Burgos selling 4 grams of crack cocaine and 1.4 grams of heroin to "several individuals" who turned out to be undercover cops in 2015.

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman imposed the 15-year sentence.

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