Incarcerated music executive James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has reportedly been found guilty on a slew of drug-related charges and now faces life behind bars.
While details are still coming together, the industry figure’s verdict was announced Tuesday (June 5).
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)
Prior to today’s verdict, Hollywood actor Michael Williams showed his support at the Brooklyn trial.
The actor who plays a bootlegger to the mob in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” made a cameo appearance Monday at the real-life drug trial of his former manager James (Jimmy Henchman) Rosemond. Michael Williams said he wanted to buoy the hip-hop impresario’s spirits as the jury began deliberating drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges in Brooklyn Federal Court. “I just wanted him to know I haven’t forgotten him and all the things he did for me,” he said. (New York Daily News)
Henchman’s publicized trial officially kicked off last month in New York City.
Mr. Rosemond’s lawyer, Gerald L. Shargel, said in his opening statement that his client was nothing more than “a perfect scapegoat for accusation.” “James Rosemond never touched a kilo of cocaine,” Mr. Shargel said. “He is not that kingpin that the government says he was.” On Monday afternoon, Carlos Giraldo, a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, testified that he used UPS shipping labels in August 2009 to track down several kilograms of cocaine believed to be connected to Mr. Rosemond’s organization. Some of the packages, he said, were wrapped in plastic bags covered in “dressing.” Court documents identified the substance as mustard, used to camouflage the contraband from drug-sniffing dogs. As a prosecutor, Soumya Dayananda, showed the jury the cocaine that Mr. Giraldo seized — some of it in plastic bags the size of five-pound packages of rice — Mr. Rosemond rocked in his chair with his hands clasped together touching his lips. (New York Times)
In September 2011, reports emerged claiming he also received additional federal charges.
Federal prosecutors in New York unveiled new and potentially damaging charges against hip hop talent agent James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, indicting him for allegedly possessing a sub-machine gun and silencer. Rosemond already faces drug trafficking charges that were announced in June, but the new allegations come in an expanded superseding indictment that includes the weapons violations. “It adds several gun charges,” Assistant US Attorney Todd Kaminsky told a federal judge today, referring to the new indictment. Brooklyn federal prosecutors are accusing the music impresario of illegally possessing a Mac-11 sub-machine gun and a Ruger 9mmm semi-automatic pistol. (New York Post)