Late last month, New York rapper, Tru Life, was handed down an eight-year sentence, in a murder case stemming from a 2009 stabbing. The family of the 20-year-old victim, Christopher Guerrero, aren’t happy. They feel the rapper’s punishment is far too light.
Tru Life (real name: Robert Rosado), along with his brother Marcus, have both apologized to the family of Guerrero, claiming he was not their intended target.
The victim’s family said he was defenseless, and any excuse is unacceptable, in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
“Christopher, who was unarmed and defenseless, was attacked,”Jason Ramirez, the victim’s brother, told the AP. “We believe the system has failed us.”
Guerrero’s family feel that the Rosado brothers both deserved much longer sentences, especially since they used a weapon to attack a man with no means of self defense. They cite the rapper’s fame and high-priced lawyers as the reason why they were given lesser sentences than they originally faced. Furthermore, they claim the brothers’ apologies were simply manipulation tactics to reach plea deals with the prosecution.
The altercation between the Rosado brothers and Guerrero took place in June 2009, following an argument outside Pacha nightclub just hours earlier. From there, a confrontation happened outside a Manhattan apartment building, where Guerrero was stabbed and later died.
Both Tru Life and his brother accepted plea deals, in exchange for lighter sentences for lesser crimes.
“We will never be able to erase the image of him trying to fight off his attackers with his bare hands while daggers were thrust upon him,” said Ramirez during formal sentencing at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 16).
Despite the family’s claims, Tru Life maintains his regret for the incident.
“Robert is extremely saddened by what happened. Mr. Guerrero did not deserve what happened to him,” his lawyer, Alan Abramson, said. Marcus Rosado also offered his condolences to Guerrero’s family.