News: Tru Avoids Life In Jail, Accepts Murder Plea Deal
Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 8:28PM
Incarcerated rapper Tru Life has come to terms with a 2009 murder case plea deal which will send him to jail for nearly ten years.
The New York rapper's official sentencing will take place in mid-March.
Tru Life, born Robert Rosado, pleaded guilty to gang assault in a June 2009 attack that killed Christopher Guerrero and wounded another man, Jason Gray. The rapper's brother Marcus Rosado pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the attack, which police said spiraled out of an argument at a nightclub. The 34-year-old rapper's plea deal calls for eight years in prison. His 39-year-old brother is expected to get 10 years at their sentencing, set for March 15. (ABC News)
An attorney for Tru also confirmed his client's decision to avoid trial.
"Robert and Marcus Rosado accepted responsibility today for their role in the tragic incident that occurred in June 2009," the brothers' attorneys, Alan M. Abramson and Joel S. Cohen, told MTV News in a statement. "They wish to express their deepest sympathies to the Guerrero family, and it is their hope that by accepting responsibility they can bring some measure of closure to the family." (MTV)
Prior to the announcement, Tru's friend/rapper Saigon weighed in on the situation.
"Look at Max B. Max B got 75 years," Sai added. "I don't want that to be what happens with Tru. Is he going to take it or not, I don't know, I haven't spoken to him about that. I'd jump on that. I'd try to get a little bit lower, but if that's all they going to offer me, I wouldn't go to trial. Obviously the DA feels like they got enough evidence to take him to trial, that's a h*ll of a gamble." (RapFix)
Last week, reports circulated online suggesting a 10-year plea deal was in store for Tru.
Rapper Tru Life was offered a plea deal Wednesday on charges related to the fatal stabbing of a man outside a Murray Hill apartment building nearly two years ago. The plea deal offered by Assistant District Attorney Linda Ford involved a 10-year sentence for the 34-year-old rapper and 12 years for his brother, Marcus Rosado. Both brothers face second-degree murder, gang assault and assault charges. The deal would require them to waive the opportunity to appeal. Robert "Tru Life" Rosado's lawyer, Alan Abramson, said he would discuss the plea deal with his client Wednesday afternoon. If the plea deal is not accepted, the brothers will go to trial on the first Monday in March. The rapper appeared in court Wednesday with a crew cut and neatly-groomed beard, in a dark brown suit and tie. His wife was in the courtroom. (DNA Info)
Check out Saigon speaking on Tru Life below: