NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A U.S. District judge on Monday called the actions of a former hip-hop mogul James Rosemond “heinous” and “vile” as she sentenced him to life in prison plus 20 years in a murder-for-hire plot.
Judge Colleen McMahon ordered the sentence Tuesday for James Rosemond.
Rosemond, who had been the chief executive officer of New York-based Car Entertainment, was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury in December for his role in ordering a crew of men to kill an associate of the rap group known as G-Unit. The charges stemmed from the 2009 shooting death of Lowell Fletcher.
Prosecutors said the killing was payback for an assault on Rosemond’s son.
Rosemond’s lawyer argued the witnesses against him were unreliable.
Rosemond was already serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine.
James “Jimmy the Henchman” Rosemond has represented artists such as The Game and Sean Kingston. He is also behind such hits as Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop.”
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