Less than 24 hours since being found guilty of murder conspiracy, Charly “Max B” Wingate has released a statement from behind bars to discuss his next moves.
Despite the guilty verdict, Max is confident he will be cleared of all charges.
“Thank you to all my fans for the continuous love and support during my trial,” Max said in a statement. “With the advice of my attorney, family and friends I’ve decided to appeal my conviction, with full belief that I will be found innocent of all charges. This has been a long journey but, I have full faith that there will be a positive outcome and I will be cleared of all erroneous allegations.” (All Hip Hop)
His lawyer, Gerald Saluti, spoke on the rapper’s behalf hours following yesterday’s guilty verdict.
“Max B would like to first thank all his family, friends and fans that have supported him throughout this trial,” he said in a statement. “Please don’t give up on him at this point. Although the jury has spoken and Max has been convicted of felony murder, kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy a swift and successful appeal shall follow. It is inconceivable that a jury would convict Max under the facts presented by the State. Even Gina Conway the State’s own witness testified that Max knew nothing of a robbery. Ms. Conway, a jilted lover and proven liar, said so at the trial itself. Max said after the verdict was read that he is confident that justice will eventually be served and he will be free. Max intends to continue putting out music for his fans while the appeal process grinds along. Although shocked by the verdict, Max remained grateful.” (Miss Info)
Max’s guilty verdict was announced Tuesday (June 9) morning from a New Jersey courtroom.
Max B’s verdict was announced just moments ago in the Bergen County Court House. He along with his brother were found guilty of 9 out of 11 counts. Max B was detained immediately. His sentencing date is set for July 30, 2009. Witnesses state Max B kept his head up and “took his verdict like a man”. He did not break down once and remained strong through the entire verdict. His attorney plans to appeal the verdict. (Hip Hop Stan)
It was Max’s ex-girlfriend who accepted a plea deal and implicated him in the fatal 2006 robbery.
Gina Conway and two others were charged with murder after a botched robbery at the Holiday Inn on Route 4 ended in the shooting death of one of the victims in September 2006. Conway met David Taylor and Allan “Jay” Plowden and told her boyfriend that the two men drove flashy cars and carried a lot of cash. The boyfriend, Charly “Max B” Wingate then recruited an associate to rob Taylor and Plowden, prosecutors said. (North Jersey News)
Max is due back in court Thursday, July 30th for sentencing.