Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Shyheim Franklin Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
Former Wu-Tang affiliate Shyheim the Rugged Child pleaded guilty on Thursday (July 17) to second-degree manslaughter charges stemming from his involvement in a fatal New Year’s Day hit-and-run car accident.
In addition, the rapper also pleaded guilty to a weapon-possession charge stemming from an April 2013 arrest when cops found a loaded gun and drugs in his apartment.
According to SI Live, prosecutors alleged that Shyheim, whose real name is Shyheim Franklin, was speeding in his car when he drove passed a stop sign and slammed into another vehicle killing the driver, bakery worker Felipe Avila. He then left the scene on foot, which is a Class D felony.
On the day before he surrendered to police, Shyheim posted a YouTube video asking his fans to send money to help pay for his criminal defense. The victim’s family reacted with shock and disgust to the 90-second video.
The 36-year-old rhymer will be sentenced to four to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. Shyheim will also receive a concurrent term of seven years for the gun conviction, as well as five years’ probation after his release.
Shyheim will be sentenced on Aug. 21. His attorney, Leo Duval, had no comment on the matter.