It seems as if T.I. won’t be the only rapper facing jail time in the near future. Today (March 27) 26-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma (real name Remy Smith) has been convicted on four major charges of the nine she was charged with — two counts of first-degree assault, attempted coercion, and criminal possession of a weapon –after a 2007 incident in which she shot a friend of hers in the stomach (non-fatally) after a fight over $3,000 in cash stolen from Remy‘s purse. Remy‘s failed defense was that the shooting was an accident.
Assistant District Attorney Michael McIntosh said Remy “took an illegal .45-caliber automatic and loaded it with hollow-point bullets,” then used both hands to cock the weapon as she got into the car. “She took every step you had to take to shoot somebody,” said the prosecutor.
Defense lawyer Ivan Fisher said the gun went off accidentally as the women struggled over the bag.
The victim, former friend Makeda Barnes Joseph, who was shot in the abdomen, testified that she underwent three surgeries during a three-week hospital stay.
Remy was not found guilty of gang assault and witness tampering, among the nine total charges she faced. Reports are surfacing that as the verdicts were read, the courtroom broke out into madness with the victim’s friends and family taunting Remy and making lewd remarks.
Remy could face up from five to 25 years in prison at sentencing. She was led out of a Manhattan courtroom Thursday, weeping and in handcuffs.
Justice Rena Uviller ordered her jailed without bail while awaiting her April 23 sentencing.