News: Max B's Ex-Girlfiend Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison
Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 7:30AM
Incarcerated rapper Charly "Max B" Wingate's former girlfriend Gina Conway has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for her role in the rapper's fatal 2006 robbery.
Conway, who had previously accepted a plea deal in the case, was sentenced Friday (September 4).
The ex-girlfriend of rap artist Max B has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in a deadly robbery at a northern New Jersey hotel. Gina Conway was sentenced Friday, one day after Max B , whose real name is Charly Wingate , was ordered to serve 75 years and his stepbrother, Kelvin Leerdam, received a life term plus 35 years for their roles in the September 2006 robbery in Fort Lee. Prosecutors said they and Conway , who took a plea deal and testified against the pair , plotted to rob two men she had recently met. (The Associated Press)
Both Max and his step brother were handed their sentences last week.
Both Wingate and Leerdam looked resigned when Superior Court Judge Harry G. Carroll sentenced them in Hackensack, New Jersey. Wingate said he was not happy with his attorney, Gerald Saluti, and fired him during the hearing just before he received his sentence. Witnesses during trial testified that [the victims] David Taylor and his friend, Allan Plowden, were seen in Harlem a few days before the robbery, driving expensive cars and showing off a lot of cash. Leerdam's attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said her client deserved some leniency because he was only 21 at the time of the incident. Carroll, however, handed out a stiff sentence, saying Leerdam took a firearm with him to the hotel "and did not hesitate to use it." (North Jersey News)
Writing via Twitter, Max B associate French Montana cleared up the terms of the rapper's prison sentence.
"max b did not get 75 years," French wrote Thursday (September 3). "he didn't get sentence today...max b sentencing have a 30 day motion it's 75 years unless the new evidence, and the new lawyer make a diffrence.....god bless" (French Montana's Twitter)
G-Unit's Tony Yayo previously weighed in on Max B's guilty verdict and explained why he thought Max's lawyer may have cost him the case.
"It's an unfortunate thing that happened to Max B," Yayo said in an interview. "He just had a kid. I f*ck with Max. I f*ck with French [Montana]. I think he had bad representation with his lawyer. What lawyer do you know that's gonna do a blog with you? That's when I think everything got messed up. That blog f*cked it up. You know I'm always in trouble. When I have a case, I don't do no press, nothing. If you don't got a lawyer there telling you, 'Shut the f*ck up,' you're f*cked up. The lawyer was wack. Your lawyer wants to sit there and do a blog with you? [Max's] lawyer may not have been the one to handle a homicide." (MTV)
Check out Max B speaking from behind bars below: