These trials went down in hip hop history
The United States v. Andre Hicks (1992)
Crime: Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
Sentence: Served five years at Fresno County Jail in California.
Mac Dre came up in Country Club Crest, an area of Vallejo known for the Romper Room Gang. The gang made much of their money — and helped fund Mac Dre’s career — through frequent pizza parlor robberies.
Frustrated by their inability to catch the responsible party, Vallejo police stepped up their surveillance of the Crest’s citizens. Dre recorded “Punk Police,” which taunted the police and criticized their frequent harassment.
Police believed that the Romper Room Gang was connected to 47 robberies; they managed to turn an informant, which spelled the end for Mac Dre and the other two members of the robbery crew. Shortly afterwards, Mac Dre, who had refused to tell on anyone in the gang, was sentenced to five years.
He was freed in 1996 and went on to become one of the most significant recording artists in Bay Area history, before his tragic death in 2004.
The People of the State of New York v. Inga Marchand (2005)
Crime: Assault, Criminal Contempt
Sentence: Served one year at Rikers Island in New York.
On August 29th, 2004, Brown got into a fight with two manicurists in Manhattan over a $20 bill. In April 2005, she pleaded not guilty to assault charges and was given three years of probation. She eventually violated her probation, so on September 7th, 2007 she was sentenced to one year in jail.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Barry Reese (2005)
Crime: Involuntary Manslaughter, Two Counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of an Instrument of Crime
Verdict: Pleaded Guilty
Sentence: Served eight months at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.
On April 15th, 2005, following an argument in Philadelphia, Cassidy and three other men armed themselves with a .45, a .40, 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 and fired shots at three unarmed men. One man was shot and killed while two others were treated for gunshot wounds and survived. Cassidy was eventually arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and weapons possession.
Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of an instrument of crime; he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He was credited with the seven months he had already served and was eventually released after serving eight months.