News: UPDATE: Shyne Being Held By Immigration Officials, Faces Possible Deportation

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 4:28PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is reportedly being held by immigration officials and is facing possible deportation.

According to the rapper's lawyer, Shyne's citizenship is currently being reviewed.

His release is now under review, as representatives for the rapper revealed that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained. "Shyne is currently in federal custody while his future immigration status is determined," the rep said in a message to MTV News. Shyne attorney Oscar Michelen emphasized to MTV News on Tuesday afternoon that Shyne has not been released, contrary to media reports. (MTV)

Early reports claimed Shyne's departure was confirmed Tuesday (October 6) afternoon.

Shyne was released from prison today for being involved in a shooting involving mentor Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and actress Jennifer Lopez. A Clinton Correctional Facility staffer confirmed his release. Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, was charged in March 2001, with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. (CBS News)

His lawyer initially broke the news of a parole hearing in early August.

"What happened was when they sentenced him [in March of 2001] they didn't sentence him to any parole post release supervision, which was mandatory," he said in an interview. "So the Correction Department has asked the court to re-sentence him under the law they can do that...The judge will decide whether to give him the maximum parole, which is five years, or the minimum parole, which is two-and-a-half years. Shyne will automatically have to do at least a year-and-a-half, which is how much of [the] 10 year [sentence remains] [Shyne] still owes the balance to the 10. But, [the district attorney] also [has] been looking to add to that [time] as well" (Hip Hop DX)

Speculation has begun to grow claiming Shyne has already joined forces with The Game.

"WELCOME HOME SHYNE !!!," Game wrote Tuesday. "9 YEARS IN THE JOINT ON SOME BULLSH!#$, GOTTA FEEL GOOD TO BE FREE...... BWS/GANGLAND !" (The Game's Twitter)

Check out Diddy speaking on Shyne below:

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