Rick Ross has reached a deal in his assault and kidnapping case. The 41-year-old Maybach Music boss was back in a Fayette County courtroom Tuesday (April 4), where he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault, in exchange for having felony charges dropped.
Rozay, and his bodyguard, Nadrian Lateef James, were sentenced to five years probation, which includes anger management classes, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The duo also pleaded no contest to three counts of pointing a pistol at another person. In addition, Ross pleaded no contest to marijuana possession, and James to driving without a license.
“The resolution to the case was reached after discussion with the prosecution team, victims and law enforcement,” said Fayette County District Attorney Benjamin D. Coker. “It was the best resolution to the case considering the facts and circumstances at hand.”
Rozay, born William Roberts, was hit with kidnapping and assault charges for pistol-whipping employees at his Atlanta area-mansion in 2015. Despite claiming self-defense, and requesting that the case be dismissed, the “Idols Become Rivals” rapper seemed satisfied with the final court ruling.
“I respect and appreciate how the court chose to resolve not only myself but my co-defendant’s cases,” he told Atlanta’s WSB-TV Tuesday.
Under the terms of their probation, Ross and James are barred from possessing drug or alcohol, and having contact with the victims.