Max B Appeal Denied: N.J. Court Upholds 75-Year Prison Sentence for Murder, Robbery
Bad news Max B fans. A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the former Dipset rapper’s murder conviction, and the 75-year sentence he received for his role in a 2006 robbery and murder.
In his appeal, Max B, born Charly Wingate, 34, argued that the jury had been improperly instructed, handed down an excessive sentence, and “erroneously denied his motion for a judgment of acquittal.”
He also claimed that the Bergen County Superior Court judge who presided over his 2009 case should have granted his request to separate his trial from that of his accomplice Kelvin Leerdam.
During the 2009 trial, a jury ruled that Wingate masterminded a plan that sent his stepbrother Leerdam, and his girlfriend Gina Conway to a Fort Lee, N.J. Holiday Inn, to rob two men, one of whom Leerdam shot and killed.
The appeals court denied both Wingate’s appeal and a separate appeal from Leerdam, who is currently serving a life sentence, plus 35 years.
Max B previously served an eight-year sentence for robbery, from 1997 to 2005.