James ‘Jimmy Henchman’ Rosemond Sentenced to Life In Prison
Former rap mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond was sentenced Friday (Oct. 26) to life in prison plus an extra five years for masterminding a multimillion-dollar drug-trafficking operation in New York.
Federal Judge John Gleeson scolded Henchman, who decline to speak in court, for not utilizing his talents in a positive direction.
"You're the kingpin," he said (quotes from New York Daily News). "Not all kingpins necessarily deserve a life sentence but you certainly do."
"You're a very intelligent and capable person and you chose this life," he added.
The judge also rejected Rosemond's bid for a new trial. His attorney claim that a juror was tainted by reports he read on the Internet about Rosemond's alleged involvement in the shooting of Tupac Shakur in 1994.
Last year, Rosemond allegedly admitted to setting up Shakur's infamous ambush at Quad Studios in New York during one of his nine proffer sessions. He also claimed that during one of the interviews, federal investigators asked him about Diddy’s sex life and whether he like underage boys.
The 48-year-old music veteran, who use to be the manager for Game and Sean Kingston, also faces a trial next month on murder-for-hire charges for allegedly ordering a hit on an ex-con suspected of assaulting Rosemond’s teenage son. The deceased, Lowell Fletcher, was allegedly an associate of rapper 50 Cent, whom he had beef with. Rosemond is scheduled to go to trial on those charges on Nov. 18.
Rosemond, through his publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez, released a statement regarding his sentence. In part, it reads:
Today’s life sentence of music mogul, James “Jimmy Henchmen” Rosemond for disheartening for several reasons and it’s unfortunate that Mr. Rosemond was unable to make an official statement because of the appellate process that he must go through and another case that he’ll soon battle.
For those of us who got to know Jimmy for who he is, know a great man who started from the bottom who helped and encouraged those around him to do the right thing. Many of us are surprised by the “person” the prosecutors described in the court room, but it isn’t the Jimmy Rosemond that his friends and family know.
Mr. Rosemond is seeking a new trial because not only because of what he considers a fabricated evidence but also because he believes his attorney Gerald Shargel did a terrible job in consulting and representing him. His new legal team is confident that things will work in his favor and he apologizes to all that have felt he let them down."