Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting her longtime friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the stomach for allegedly lifting $3,000 from her purse. The 26-year-old rapper was found guilty of first-degree assault, criminal weapons charges and attempted coercion on March 27.
“I stand here today as Remy Mackie,” she said before the judge read the sentence. “I’m a loving wife, mother and loving daughter and loving sister to my brothers and sisters.” Remy wept as she apologized to Barnes-Joseph, but the judge did not sympathize with the rap diva.
“This is somewhat of a pattern. This is not the first time she has been engaged in a violent act. She never took responsibility for her actions,”the judge said. “This has nothing to do with rap it’s about the actions of one person. Remy is an extremely angry young woman who feels the rules do not apply to her.”
Remy Ma was found guilty of assault following the shooting last July of a 23-year-old friend outside a New York City club.
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Busta Rhymes was placed on three years’ probation and will perform community service following his assault on a fan and a former driver last year.
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On Thursday The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was sued by a man who says the rapper pulled a gun on him during a pickup game at a Los Angeles school nearly a year ago. On March 9 the rapper finished serving eight days on charges of possession of a gun in a school zone stemming from the same incident.
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Federal agents arrested Lil’ Wayne and two other men at a border security checkpoint in southwestern Arizona on Jan. 23 after finding several illegal drugs, including cocaine and 41 grams of Ecstacy, on the rapper’s charter bus. Wayne, seen in his mugshot, was indicted on four charges on Feb. 12.
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Foxy Brown is serving a year in jail for violating her probation, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2004. A judge recently denied the ‘Hot Spot’ rapper’s request to go to California to have an ear examination to repair an implant.
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Sean “Diddy” Combs stands accused of assaulting fashion mogul Gerard Rechnitzer after last year’s Oscars. Four witnesses have come forward to back up the claim.
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Rapper Tony Yayo was initially accused of slapping a 14-year-old boy, but now it turns out the rapper may have been on the one who stopped another man from hitting the teen.
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Yung Joc may be in even bigger trouble after skipping a hearing for his arrest in which he was accused of attempting to take a loaded gun onto a plane.
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Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams was charged with marijuana possession when an RV he was traveling last November was pulled over in Tennessee after an improper lane change.
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T.I., here performing at the BET Awards in June, was arrested Oct. 13, 2007 in possession of unregistered machine guns, hours before he was to appear at the Hip-Hop Awards. He won two awards in absentia.
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In related Remy news, the rapper’s jailhouse wedding ceremony was called off on Monday when her fiance, Brooklyn, New York rapper Papoose, allegedly attempted to smuggle a handcuff key into the Rikers Island Correctional facility. “A wedding was scheduled today and a visitor to that wedding service was found to be in possession of jail contraband so the wedding was canceled,” a correction official said. Papoose was not charged, but the rapper was escorted out of the jail and will not be able to visit Remy for six months.