West Coast rapper Game’s former manager James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has reportedly been sentenced to life behind bars a year after being convicted of drug trafficking.
Details of Rosemond’s sentence have started to make rounds online.
James Rosemond, a one-time prominent hip-hop manager who was convicted in 2012 of drug trafficking, was sentenced to life in prison in Brooklyn federal court on Friday. Rosemond was convicted of overseeing what officials said was an $11 million a year bicoastal cocaine trafficking business that used a musical equipment shipping company as cover to transport cocaine and cash. “His image as a music impresario was a cover for the real Jimmy Rosemond, a thug in a suit,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. (Newsday)
To make matters worse, Henchman still awaits charges for his alleged role in a murder.
A jury found Rosemond guilty last year at a trial in which prosecutors accused him of running a lucrative drug ring. They said the ring smuggled cocaine in music equipment cases slathered with mustard to throw off drug-sniffing dogs. Lawyers for the 48-year-old Rosemond said he was framed by shady cooperators. Rosemond still faces separate charges in Manhattan alleging he arranged a murder as payback for an assault on his son. (Wall Street Journal)
Last year, reports of Henchman being charged for taking part in the murder of rap rival 50 Cent‘s associate emerged.
They called him Jimmy Henchman — the man with the Teflon reputation, tied for years to the feud that led to the murders of two legends of the hip-hop world. But on Friday, officials in Manhattan said the man, James Rosemond, was being charged with arranging the murder of an associate of the rapper 50 Cent. In an indictment announced on Friday, Mr. Rosemond, 47, was charged with conspiring with five other men to kill the associate, Lowell Fletcher, in 2009. “This has not been a good month for Jimmy the Henchman,” Raymond W. Kelly, the New York police commissioner, said in a statement. He said the murder of Mr. Fletcher had been retaliation for an assault on Mr. Rosemond’s son. (New York Times)
Earlier the same month, Henchman was hit with a slew of drug-related charges.
The trial of music industry mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond came to a close today in a Brooklyn federal court. A jury found Rosemond guilty of all 13 charges levied against him, for allegedly heading up the “Rosemond Organization.” Federal prosecutors claim the organization shipped hundreds of kilograms on a weekly basis from the West Coast, using various overnight courier services. Rosemond was emotionless when the jurors reached their verdict, while his family friends and supporters showed obvious signs of disappointment. (AHH)
Back in 2011, Game spoke on his former manager’s publicized arrest.
“Jimmy’s my brother and it’s ride or die,” Game said. “Unfortunate situation, but we gonna keep our heads up and hope for the best…Sometimes, the government be trapping you and flipping stuff and you never know until the case is all rolled out and everything at the end to see how it plays out. We can’t even see Bin Laden‘s body, so why we believe in something they saying about Jimmy?” (Hot 97)