These trials went down in hip hop history
The People of the State of New York v. Chi Ali Griffith (2001)
Crime: First-Degree Manslaughter
Sentence: Served 12 years at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.
Chi Ali Griffith released a solo album entitled The Fabulous Chi Ali in 1992, which included popular Beatnuts-produced singles “Age Ain’t Nothin But A #” and “Funky Lemonade.” He all but disappeared off of the hip-hop radar until January 14th, 2000, when he shot and killed Sean Raymond in the Bronx; the rapper had been dating Raymond’s sister.
Accused of second-degree murder, assault, firearm possession, and a number of other charges, the rapper fled, eluding police in an extensive manhunt that lasted well over a year.
He finished 12 years of his 14-year sentence before being freed. He obtained an Associates Degree while in jail, which helped shorten his sentence. He was freed in 2012.
The People of the State of New York v. Russell Jones (1999)
Crime: Making Terrorist Threats, Possessing a Narcotic With Intent to Sell, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Driving by Unlicensed Operator, Disobeying Traffic Signal Light
Sentence: Sentenced to serve two to four years at Rikers Island in New York; entered a psychiatric/drug rehab facility.
ODB spent much of his life in and out of legal trouble: second-degree assault charges and attempted robbery in 1993, failure to pay $35,000 in child support in 1997, attempted assault to his wife, shoplifting, criminal threatening, attempted murder, and weapons possession in 1998.
ODB was sent to a treatment facility, but he escaped in October 2000, went on the run, and was arrested a month later outside of a McDonalds in Philadelphia, when a crowd gathered looking for autographs. After being extradited to Manhattan, he was sentenced to two to four years in prison.
The United States v. Dwight Grant (2004)
Crime: Attempted Murder
Verdict: Not Guilty
Beanie Sigel’s legal run-ins have occurred on and off through the years. He had a felony conviction in 1995, which proved to be a problem when, in 2003, police tried to pull him over because of what police claimed was a covered license plate. Sigel was found innocent, after the victim’s friend, David Aimes, changed his testimony about having seen Sigel kill Speller.