Larceny, a member of hip-hop collective Junior M.A.F.I.A., was sentenced to one year in jail Tuesday in a Manhattan criminal courtroom. The rapper (real name Antoine Spain) was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and ordered to spend the next 12 months in a facility at Rikers Island, according to a spokesperson for the district attorney's office.
The charges stemmed from an incident in March, when Larceny and fellow M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease were stopped by police while traveling in a 1999 Jaguar owned by Lil' Kim (see "Lil' Cease Arrested On Pot Charge, Questioned In Hot 97 Shooting"). A search of the vehicle and its occupants found Larceny in possession of a loaded .22-caliber Baretta semi-automatic pistol and Cease with a small amount of marijuana. Larceny pleaded guilty to the charge on October 30.
Larceny and Cease are also being charged with attempted murder for a shootout outside a Brooklyn, New York, deli in August (see "Junior M.A.F.I.A. Members Charged With Attempted Murder"). A pre-trial hearing on that case is scheduled for January 7.
A judge had recommended Cease's drug charge be dropped if he stayed out of trouble for a year, but as that was not the case, the charges will be revisited after the more serious attempted murder allegations are dealt with.
Following their arrest in March, police also questioned the pair about a February shooting outside the offices of hip-hop station Hot 97 involving Lil' Kim (see "Lil' Kim Present At Hot 97 Shootout, Police Say"). While Larceny admitted to being on the scene, he couldn't offer any information on the incident. No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing, according to an NYPD spokesperson.