B.G.'s Music Used Against Him in 14-Year Prison Sentence
According to the New Orleans Times, former Cash Money rapper B.G. was sentenced to 14-years in prison for weapons possession and witness tampering.
The 31-year old rapper appeared in federal court this past Wednesday wearing an orange jumpsuit and sitting in a wheelchair for unknown reasons. In 2009, he was arrested with two other men after police pulled over the stolen car they were riding in. After a search of the vehicle, officers discovered 3 handguns and loaded magazines.
B.G. aka Christopher Dorsey was arrested with Demounde Pollard, 20, and Jerod Fedison, 30. Initially, Pollard took the rap for the guns but later claimed Dorsey forced him to confess. Pollard and Fedison pleaded guilty, paving the way for the charges against Dorsey. Pollard reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 30 months in prison; Fedison, with an extensive criminal record, received a 20-year sentence.
Prosecutors went further by linking B.G. to two New Orleans high-profile alleged murderers, Telly Hankton and Walter Porter. Both men are facing lengthy prison terms for their own murders and drug charges. They used B.G.'s records against him by playing records and videos where the rapper name checks both alleged killers.
"These videos are horrendous, especially in this city right now," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu told the judge Wednesday. He talked of the city's "cycle of violence," and argued that Dorsey was "profiting off it."
B.G.'s attorney, J.C. Lawrence, said Dorsey's appearance in the videos is posturing and marketing. "Though many people would frown upon his art," Lawrence said of Dorsey's work, "it is art."
However, prosecutors were unsuccessful in receiving the 25-year old sentence they wanted.
B.G. is actively working on an appeal.