Harlem rapper Max B [click to read] was sentenced to 75 years in prison this afternoon, based on his role in a robbery attempt-turned-homicide. In a Hackensack, New Jersey court house, Max B (government name Charly Wingate) and co-defendant Kelvin Leerdam were convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and felony murder.
The victims, Allan Plowden and David Taylor were robbed in a Holiday Inn in Fort Lee, New Jersey in September of 2006 that left Taylor shot dead. A third accomplice, Max's then-girlfriend and stripper Gina Conway testified against Leerdam and Max B. Leerdam received a life sentence (with an additional 35 years), while Conway reportedly faces an 18 year-sentence, if convicted.
According to AllHipHop.com [click here], Max B fired his attorney, Gerald Saluti, in the closing days of the trial.
Speaking with HipHopDX earlier this year, Max B's outlook on 2009 was, "It's a new year and new money, baby! Go log-on, go look online, go to YouTube, go to wavycrocket.com; go to my MySpace, and look at me on the French [Montana] joint pulling out that '09 money and how I started the year off. That's how I'm doing it for now!"
At the time of his sentencing, Max B had reportedly still maintained a recording contract with Boston-based Amalgam Digital Records. Previously, Max B had been a reported artist at Koch Records, where he co-wrote Jim Jones' 2006 smash hit "We Fly High (Ballin')" and was an early member of the Byrd Gang. The two ended up feuding over financial disputes.
In recent months, the Harlem emcee had been working closely with famed DMX/D-Block producer Dame Grease as well as rising Rap figure French Montana.