Hip-Hop mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond is knee-deep in hot water. The troubled music executive recieved more bad news last night when it was revealed a group of men linked to the Hatian native were charged with murder in a case against close friend of G-Unit artist Tony Yayo. According to Federal court documents Jimmy Henchman financed a hit on Lowell "Lodi Mack" Fletcher who was killed back in 2009 in the Bronx, NY.
In response to Rosemond's connection to the murder of Lodi Mack, Henchman's lawyer issued this statement to MTV News: "The only 'evidence' tying that murder to Jimmy Rosemond is the uncorroborated word of a criminal seeking to get out from under a lengthy jail sentence. Prosecution witnesses have been bribed and threatened, solely in an effort to convict Jimmy, a target of the US Attorney's office for years."
After a 2007 incident when he assaulted Rosemond's son, Fletcher pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. As the story goes, Fletcher slapped Henchman's son in the head after he spotted the teenager walking down a Manhattan street wearing a T-shirt with the name and logo of his father's management company, Czar Entertainment. 50 Cent's artist Tony Yayo, who was also present at the time, pleaded guilty to a noncriminal harassment charge in connection with the incident, but escaped any jail time. At the time 50 Cent and his G-Unit collective were involved in a beef with Game, who is managed by Czar (a source close to Game told MTV News that while the rapper is still signed with Henchman, he doesn't manage his day-to-day affairs).
Fletcher was sentenced to nine months in prison, which ran concurrent with an unrelated narcotics charge; he was eventually paroled in 2009. Two weeks after being released, Fletcher was fatally gunned down in the Bronx, New York.
While Henchman hasn't been formally charged with murder, the mogul is currently on the lam fighting cocaine conspiracy charges and earlier this week was named by a jailed inmate as the mastermind behind the 1994 shooting robbery against rap star Tupac Shakur. According to Henchman, he is the victim of an overzealous prosecutor who is pulling out all stops to bring him down once and for all.
Federal prosecutor Carolyn Pokorny is no stranger to the Hip-Hop circle. The prosecutor tried Irv Gotti and his brother Chris on money laundering partly due to their relationship to drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. The Gotti brothers were eventually acquitted on all charges but Supreme wasn't as successful after he was found guilty on murder charges in the shooting death of aspiring Queens rapper Eric "E-Money Bags" Smith. E-Money Bags was a rapper hailing from the borough, closely affiliated with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Nas and Foxy Brown. In addition to the murder of E-Money Bags, the murder of famed DJ Jam Master Jay and the shooting of superstar 50 Cent were both linked to Supreme at one point during his trial, although never charged with either crime.
Yesterday following the release of 50's new single "Outlaw" the rapper phoned in to New York City's Hot 97 where he spoke on his nemesis, Jimmy Henchman's current legal situation.
"I don't know, whoever dude that's saying he was involved, I don't know why he would say that right now" 50 told Funkmaster Flex. "I think they're upset with Jimmy. Cause at this point the statute of limitations would be up in that type of situation and he's saying it without actually damaging his credibility or being a rat by the statute of limitations being up. Saying he feels bad about it but he knows Jimmy has some terrible legal problems right now. So to say that he's piling it on. He's done, they're gonna wash him up" 50 said referring to Jimmy. It is unknown if 50 was aware of Jimmy's most recent legal situation at the time of the interview.
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