Rapper Lil' Cease Sentenced For Gun Possession

Charges stemmed from 2001 incident in which a Brooklyn man was shot in the leg.

On Monday, James Lloyd, better known as rapper Lil' Cease, was sentenced to five years probation in New York's Kings County district court after pleading guilty to gun possession.

The charges stemmed from a 2001 incident in which Lloyd, along with fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Larceny (born Antoine Spain) a bodyguard (Suif Jackson) and Damien Butler (a.k.a. D-Roc, onetime road manager of the Notorious B.I.G.), was accused of shooting a Brooklyn man in the leg. Police later found two 9 mm handguns in the SUV they were driving (see "Junior M.A.F.I.A. Members Charged With Attempted Murder" ).

Judge Abraham Gerges dropped the additional charges of attempted murder in the second degree, harassment in the second degree and five counts of assault.

Spain's charges of attempted murder are expected to be dismissed as long as Butler, who's already pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, appears for sentencing on January 30. He's expected to be sentenced to three years in prison.

Jackson was sentenced on November 6 to five years in state prison.