Remy Ma Loses Appeal, Eight Year Prison Sentence Upheld

Remy MaIncarcerated rapper Remy Ma lost an appeal in the New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday (February 24), upholding the original eight-year prison sentence she received, stemming from a 2007 shooting.

The decision by the state’s highest court ended the rapper’s (real name: Remy Smith)  attempt to overturn assault and weapon possession convictions that her legal team argue were the result of trial errors which lead to her being found guilty.

During her trial, the judge called Remy “a young woman whose anger is out of control.” At the time of her sentencing, she cried after hearing the judge hand down the eight year sentence.

She was facing a maximum sentence of 25 years.

In the closing arguments of the trial, Remy’s attorney Ivan Fisher argued that Makeda Joseph’s (shooting victim) testimony actually supported his client’s explanation of the shooting as an accident.

Makeda and Remy Ma were celebrating a birthday with friends in July 2007 at the Pizza Bar in Manhattan’s trendy meatpacking district, when the rapper accused Joseph of stealing $3,000 from her pocketbook. Then, Remy demanded to search Joseph’s purse, while clutching a handgun. When Joseph refused, a struggle began. The gun went off twice, with two bullets hitting Joseph in the abdomen.

Remy filed an appeal in November 2009, arguing that the trial judge should have allowed her attorney to argue during his summation that Joseph could have been shot as both women struggled over the gun, said the Associated Press, which would mean it was accidental.

However, it was disallowed, which Remy’s attorneys said violated her constitutional right to mount a defense, leaving the jury with a question of only whether she shot Joseph intentionally or accidentally.

The Court of Appeals’ decision Thursday found that the judge’s instruction, on the whole, was proper, though one sentence wasn’t accurate. However, the Court of Appeals ruled that the charge to the jury before and after that sentence made it clear that “the central duty of the jury was to decide whether the charged crimes had been proved beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Thus, the sentence of eight years was upheld.

If Remy doesn’t succeed in another further appeals, she may remain behind bars until 2016.

12 comments
  1. smdh at the entire court and justice system. U would think that the people thats out here doing real crimes and corrupting the poor and killing our people would be the ones who would be doing time. Better yet the woman and man who kept their child living in a dog cage and only got a year. Smh and here is a person that work hard for their money and is a target cause of status get victimized and robbed for more than petty change gets 8 to 25 yrs for defending herself. Not to forget she is still a mother and so the story goes they rob her and the system robbs her and her child. So f#$% the system and i will remain a remy martin supporter till she get out and i will be waiting. FREE REMY!!!!

  2. With a career that many would give their left foot for, another artist wastes her youth in this fickle game by getting involved in this type of situation. Not to say that letting someone get away with stealing from you is the answer…but obviously there had to have been a better way to deal with that. “…and we walk around metal detectors. ” Next time, walk through them.

  3. Maybe if she wasn’t a moron carrying $3,000 in CASH around and carrying a GUN she wouldn’t have ended up in the predicament she did.

  4. this bitch is lame and stupid … all of a sudden, don’t want to claim THUG!

  5. Just another dumbass who thinks she’s above the law. A collabo artist at best with limited fire, I say they should throw away the key. $3000 and someone nearly lost they life, she’s lucky she got 8 years!

  6. It tooks some time for me to accept Remy Ma but she grew into her style and could of been a serious problem in the game. She definitely is a talented artist. However, the little $3,000 dollars you could of made back at a show. You had a son that needed you. A lover that wanted you and a career that you loved. What more can a person want. Even in lockdown you was still acting like a bitch. You need to be tamed. You did the crime…you know the rest Boo Boo.

  7. anyways remy derserves to be put in jail shooting my aunt go f herself and guess what i did like remy now i dont, well i still kinda do but se couldve killed someone

  8. Damn rem ive been in the same jam like yours jus b strong in that hell whole what a messed up system

  9. FREE REMY FREE REMY FREE REMY ITS COOL THO CUZ WEN SHE GET OUT SHE GON BE THE HOTTEST FEMALE RAPPER JUS LIKE SHE WAS BEFORE SHE WENT IN SO ALL YALL BUBBLE GUM, TOOTSIE ROLL RAINBOW RAP CHIX BETTA HAVE YALL FUN NOW

  10. you can get money witt me any day ma! that to bad they alway hating on a real hustla. bet they no better next time. like money grow on trees, tell’em its the princeabailty g. dank mobb k.c. finest.

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