Kimberly Jones, aka Rapper Lil’ Kim, was sentenced to one year and one day for perjury and conspiracy — a term far less than the three years and seven months sought by prosecutors.
The Grammy winner, who was ordered to report to prison Sept. 19, left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.
The case stemmed from a gun battle that erupted outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil’ Kim’s entourage confronted rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga about the song “Bang, Bang,” which contained an insult to Lil’ Kim from Foxy Brown. One man was hurt in the shootout that followed.
Before the grand jury and at the trial, the rapper claimed she did not notice two of her close friends at the scene of the shootout. Both have pleaded guilty to gun charges.
U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch cited the unsolved slaying of Notorious B.I.G. as evidence of a troubling code of silence in the hip-hop community.
“It’s because people did what you did that we still don’t know who killed him,” the judge said to Jones.