Former Def Jam rapper and Jay-Z signee Tru Life is mulling over a plea deal he’s been presented with that will have him serving 10 years in jail, with no option of an appeal. The charges against Tru (Robert Rosado)—second-degree murder, gang assault and assault—stem from a 2009 brawl that he and his brother Marcus Rosado were allegedly involved in that left one man stabbed to death. Saigon has been in contact with the Lower East Side rapper since he turned himself in on June 23, 2009 to authorities and offered MTV News his take on the situation.
“I don’t really know the ins and out of it, of what’s going on,” said Saigon of the options Tru is mulling over. “I’m just sad, saddened by the whole situation. Because I know he’s innocent. One thing you don’t want to do is go to trial and get 50 years, so… I trust he’s going to do the right thing. Only he knows what’s right for him. I would take it though. I wouldn’t go to trial.”
Saigon’s early advices stems from the fact that the District Attorney's Office case against Tru life might mean the odds are slim he would be exonerated at trial. So a plea deal may be his best option considering Tru would be facing significant time in prison if found guilty.
“He’s been in there two years already,” explains Saigon. “If they offered him ten, he’ll do eight years, that’s only six more years. That’s not that bad considering the charges. This is how they do it. They say, ‘Look if you say you did it we give you this. But if we prove you guilty, then you spending taxpayer’s money, this trial is going to cost a lot, so they’re going to make an example out of you.’”
Continues Saigon, “Look at Max B. Max B got 75 years. I don’t want that to be what happens with Tru. Is he going to take it or not, I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him about that. I’d jump on that. I’d try to get a little bit lower, but if that’s all they going to offer me, I wouldn’t go to trial. Obviously the DA feels like they got enough evidence to take him to trial, that’s a hell of a gamble.”
The Yardfather says he last spoke to Tru about a month ago but he’s sure he’ll speak to him this week. “His spirits are always high man,” said Saigon of the last time he spoke to Tru. “His kids keep his spirits high, he’s got two little boys. Tru’s a strong brother. That ain’t going to break him. He did two years already. That’s light to tell the truth. Nobody wants to do six years, eight years in jail but it ain’t the end of the world. You see Shyne’s home, he happy. Considering what he’s charged with, most dudes never see the end of that.”
Saigon and Tru have been friends since they were teenagers. The irony is that when Saigon was in jail—he did a six year and nine month stretch before his release at the end of 1999—he and Tru would speak on the phone, trading rhymes back and forth for hours. In late 2009 Saigon released a video for “Free Tru Life,” to help keep the jailed rapper’s name out there, and plea his innocence.
“You empathize but you don’t have no sympathy because you know the brother’s strong,” says Saigon. “He’s going to be alright. It’s unfortunate. Nobody wants to be incarcerated but sometime shit happens and you just have to grin and bear it… He didn’t do that shit, that’s the reason I feel for him. He ain’t do it.”