These trials went down in hip hop history
The People of the State of New York v. Reminisce Smith (2008)
Crime: Assault, Illegal Weapon Possession, Attempted Coercion
Sentence: Served eight years at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.
In July 2007, Remy Ma got into an incident outside of a Manhattan nightspot known as the Pizza Bar which left one woman shot in the torso. Remy accused Makeda Barnes-Joseph of stealing money from her purse and in turn shot the woman. On March 27th, 2008, she was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession, and attempted coercion in connection with the charges.
The State of Georgia v. Demetrius Stewart (2010)
Crime: First-Degree Murder
Verdict: Not Guilty
Early in the morning of January 1st, 2010, Demetrius A. Stewart — better known to hip-hop fans as Shawty Redd — made a call to police after getting into an altercation with Damon Martin, 35.
The State of Texas v. Carlos Coy (2002)
Crime: Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
Sentence: Currently serving 45 years at Allred Unit in Texas.
Carlos Coy, known to Houston rap fans as South Park Mexican and the founder of Dope House Records, was a celebrated local rapper who was on the rise. He had released six albums with a combined 1.5 million in sales, and Dope House had aligned with a major label for national distribution. Then he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2002. He remains in prison after receiving a 45-year sentence.