Former Roc-La-Familia artist Tru Life has officially been sentenced for his role in the 2009 fatal stabbing of a fellow New Yorker.
The rapper received his time in court Wednesday (March 16) and clarified the accidental murder incident.
A rapper once signed to a Jay-Z-run label is headed to prison for a deadly attack on a New York City man he said he didn’t mean to harm. Tru Life, born Robert Rosado, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison. His lawyer said the 34-year-old rapper was “extraordinarily saddened” over the June 2009 death of Christopher Guerrero. Tru Life pleaded guilty last month to gang assault. His 39-year-old brother, Marcus Rosado, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Both Rosados say the 20-year-old Guerrero wasn’t their intended target in violence that followed an argument at a nightclub. Guerrero was stabbed. (The Associated Press)
Last month, Tru accepted a guilty plea to avoid serving a possible life sentence.
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 previously 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)
Check out Saigon speaking on Tru Life down below: