Lil’ Kim was convicted Thursday (March 17) on charges of perjury and conspiracy for lying to investigators and to a federal grand jury about her involvement in a shooting four years ago at New York hip-hop station Hot 97.
The rapper claimed she had no knowledge of what caused the February 2001 shooting and also said her co-manager Damion Butler was not with her at the time, but security-camera footage later proved the opposite, and she claimed she couldn’t ID a photo of another man believed to be involved, though that turned out to be Suif “Gutta” Jackson, a member of her former group Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Though convicted of perjury and conspiracy, Jones was acquitted of obstruction of justice. She faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges Ã¢â‚¬â€ five years on each of the three counts of perjury and the one count of conspiracy. Sentencing is set for June 24.
“I am disappointed in the verdict,” Jones said in a statement Thursday. “However, I was acquitted of the most serious charge, obstruction of justice. Throughout my life, I have always lived with adversity and will continue to have faith and do good for my family, friends and fans.”