Former Jay-Z associate and rapper Tru Life was offered a plea deal of 10 years in prison by Manhattan prosecutors on Wednesday in connection with a 2009 incident in which a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed to death.
Tru Life, born Robert Rosado, was once signed to Jay-Z’s Roc La Familia imprint. He and his brother Marcus Rosado were slapped with second-degree murder, gang assault and assault charges after the alleged altercation on June 15, 2009, that investigators said initially began with a dispute outside New York nightclub Pacha.
The deal would reduce the severity of the original charges and require the rapper and his brother, who was offered a 12-year deal, to waive their right to appeal.
According to Tru Life’s attorney, Alan M. Abramson, the rapper has yet to formally agree to the plea deal. In an e-mail message to MTV News, Abramson wrote, “The offer is being reviewed and no decisions have been made at this time.”
Court documents reveal the victim, Christopher Guerrero, died as a result of the alleged stabbing. A second man who was allegedly involved in the scuffle was hospitalized for stab wounds.
Tru Life, from Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood, is best known in the hip-hop world for his beef with Queens rap duo Mobb Deep over a failed collaboration. The Puerto Rican lyricist was later a cornerstone of Jay-Z’s then-burgeoning Latin-orientated Roc La Familia, along with Texas rapper Aztec. Tru Life never released an album on the label.