Tuesday, May 13, 2008

REMY GETS 8 YEARS IN PRISON; PAPOOSE TELLS JAIL OFFICALS TO LOCK HIM UP; REMY TELLS JUDGE, 'I'M NOT A THUG, I'M NOT A HARDCORE ANYTHING.'

Tuesday (May 13) was a rough day for Remy Ma. One day after her planned jailhouse nuptials to fellow rapper Papoose were called off due to a misunderstanding about an alleged skeleton key Pap was wearing when he showed up at Rikers Island prison, the MC was sentenced to eight years in prison. According to Remy Ma's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, the New York Supreme Court sentenced her to eight years in prison on Tuesday for charges of assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion. Fisher said the prosecution had originally requested a 13-year sentence — less than the max of 25 years she was facing — but the judge in the case gave the rapper eight years, which Fisher plans to appeal very soon. Though he couldn't say for sure, Fisher said it's possible the judge in the case was swayed by an emotional address Ma gave the court during the proceeding, during which she addressed the victim directly. "Remy Ma spoke to the court and movingly spoke to the victim, who was in court, to share with her how sorrowful she was about what happened to her," Fisher said. "It was an extremely moving moment, where she expressed how badly she felt about the tragedy of being shot and that she was very, very sorry it happened to Makeda."

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Smith, 26, begged the judge for leniency for the sake of "my little boy," saying she grew up "surrounded by failure, violence and poverty," but "made something out of nothing" from her life. The rapper burst into tears as the sentence was read, and Fisher described her state as "benumbed," "very emotional" and "sobbing." According to xxlmag.com, Remy also told the judge, "I'm not a thug. ... I'm not a hard-core anything, I have feelings. I'm a wife, mother, daughter, big sister." The site also reported that supporters of the rapper were in the courtroom wearing red-and-white T-shirts that read, "Free Remy."

After the sentence was handed down, The Associated Press reported that Papoose screamed, "All you want is money!" in the hallway outside the courtroom, seemingly addressing Barnes-Joseph, whose civil suit against the Grammy-nominated Ma has been dropped but could be refiled in the future. Barnes-Joseph was in the courtroom for the sentencing, but was not in the hallway when Papoose began shouting, the AP reported. As he was escorted out of the courthouse by court officers, Papoose reportedly added, "Lock me up! Lock me up!"

Fisher denied that the key Papoose wore to the prison over the weekend could unlock handcuffs, as was widely reported. "I don't know much about it," he said, "but I know that if the corrections folks thought this was a key used to open their handcuffs, I doubt very much that they would have released Papoose." The lawyer added that the two still plan to wed, but maybe not until Ma is transferred to an upstate prison.

On March 27, Remy Ma (born Reminisce Smith), 26, was found guilty of two charges of assault, in connection with an argument she had with a friend, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, last July, during which Barnes-Joseph was shot two times while the two women struggled in a car.

SOURCES: MTV.com, The Associated Press

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, maybe these two really are inlove. I initially thought that he would have done ANYTHING to bail out. Did I hear Remy stating that she's a WIFE?

Anonymous said...

o. now u ain’t a thug what happen to all that shit u was talkin on 'when i see her.'?

TEE said...

REMY MA IS MY FAV RAPPER. I LOVE YOU MA. JUST PRAY TO THE LORD AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AS WELL. THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. ITS MESSED UP. IM JUST SHOCKED AND SPEECHLESS. REMY YOU THE REAL DEAL AINT NO OTHER FEMALE RAPPER LIKE YOU MA

SouthernBlackGurl said...

Remy ma referring to herself as a wife is bananas. If her man wasn't so damn stupid to bring a handcuff key into their would-be wedding ceremony then she could've referred to herself as such. If anything, she won't legally gain that 'wifey' role for another six months...that's if she doesn't do anything stupid to get sent to the hole...or if Papoose doesn't end up in prison his damn self. LOL!

Tam said...

I”m so sorry that happened to you, just keep your head up and pray,and i promise everything will work out for the best. Stay strong!!! We love you.

Pink said...

ok seriously….papoose is 1 of my favorite rappers since i heard da remix touch it and his song alphabetical slaughter….but wtf was u thinkin about bringin a key 2 try and bust her out?! u selfish dats wat it was..cuz u didnt think if it would have any type of backlash on remy…its cool tho cuz yall gonna get married and she gonna b set free….but plz no more taking matters into ur own hands!!!! (its cute but c’mon!)

Nicia said...

Thats so messed up that they broke up her wedding to take her to jail, and i hope she gets only probation or something minor after her appeal!

THINK ABOUT IT said...

OK she was CONVICTED of “assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion.” and your complaining about 8 years…OF course she’ll appeal all people that are convicted appeal their sentence.. She may get time off for good behavior but she’s in for the long haul so you might as well get used to not hearing any new stuff from her for a while ( unless she’s like R.Kelly who’s been singing his ))* off so when he goes to jail he’ll still be able to put out albums) As for that moron Papoose..Gives you and idea he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed….

Anonymous said...

THATS CRAZY BUT YOU KNOW WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND YOU HAVE TOO PAY FOR WHAT YOU DO AND SHE DID THE CRIME SO SHE HAS TOO DO THE CRIME

Nook-Nook said...

SUCK IT UP REMY,YOU WANTED TOBE A GANGSTA SO DON'T CRY NOW,BE GANGSTA ABOUT IT!

Anonymous said...

remy hold your head up yea you did a bad thing pray daily ask god to forgive you and he will be on good behavior and you should get out early. people yea she did a bad thing we all make mistakes i know i have this is a woman with a child think how her lil man gone feel not havin his mom wiould you want your mom to get locked up no no matter what she did so quit bashing and learn to forgive

DIANDRA said...

DANG THATS MESSED UP I FEEL SORRY FOR HER.

justuandme2003 said...

Diandra...You feel sorry for someone going to jail for shooting and permanently disfiguring someone? That's outrageous. She is an idiot who gets what she deserves. As for the "Free Remy" shirts -- give me a break. Do the crime, do the time.

Anonymous said...

Remy can kick rocks. She wasn't thinking about her 7 year old son and the impact going to jail would have on him when she put those two bullets in that girl's gut. Don't cry now, you female version of Rick James-Lord Bless the dead-you reap what you sow. Plain and simple. On the radio talking aboiut how hard she is and how ain't no jail out there can hold her down. I bet she feeling real dumb right aboujt now. her ass was crying buckets when she first went in, she probaly gone cry for the next 8 years.

Damn shame. Her son gon be 15 years old when she's released from prison and probably won't even claim her as his mama. she cin't got nobidy to blame but herself.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE REMY MARTIN her going to jail is fair but 8 years is such a long time i can understand if she killed that girl but she didint. Give the cops that killed SEAN BELL 8 years. As for PAPOOSE he is a good man/husband and i just hope that he holds her down in jail.she shot that girl for a reason both of them have now learned their lessons MAKEEDA knows now not to touch what dont belong to her and remy knows now that their are other ways to handle certain situations both of them were wrong.but i still got alot of love for remy ma you are strong.

smoothkev said...

Theres not much to say, Ma keep your head up and holla at me in 2016.

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