Despite a recent report, claiming Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond had previously admitted (via confessions with federal agents) that he was involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur, his attorney came forward this week calling the allegations “totally false.”
A week ago, in a Village Voice article, journalist Chuck Phillips reported that Henchman admitted his involvement in Pac’s 1994 Quad Studios shooting during a proffer session with the government in 2011.
Proffer sessions allow suspects under investigation to confess to crimes, under the agreement that the confession won’t be used to prosecute them. The story said Henchman confessed in an effort to earn a reduced sentence.
After Rosemond’s attorney Gerald Shargel referenced and refuted a March 2008 Los Angeles Times article by Phillips in which Henchman was reported to have orchestrated the Shakur shooting, the prosecution referenced the proffer sessions in an effort to admit it as evidence.
Shargel, however, has consistently denied his client had anything to do with the shooting.
This week, Shargel spoke to MTV News, trying to clear Rosemond’s name.
“The statement by the prosecutor that Jimmy Rosemond had confessed or admitted to being involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac is totally false,” he said. “He categorically and emphatically denied that he had participation or role in that shooting and that was clear from the outset.”
Shargel, who says he was present during the proffer sessions, believes that the prosecution misspoke in the court room. “Her statement was positively and absolutely false whether intentional, or not intentional. I think not intentional,” he said. “She was not the prosecutor who sat in on any of the proffer sessions with Mr. Rosemond.”
U.S. Attorney Soumya Dayananda said, as quoted in trial transcipts: “If Mr. Shargel is going to argue that this was a fabricated article, it’s the government’s position that we can put in the defendant’s own admission about that particular shooting.”
According to MTV, the judge in Rosemond’s case eventually ruled in his favor, and did not admit the proffers into evidence. So, as of press time, the official states he made during these sessions remain private.
“Anyone looking at the statements or knows of the statements would know that [Rosemond] didn’t make that admission and more than didn’t make the admission, he categorically, absolutely, emphatically without any qualification whatsoever denied being a part of that,” Shargel told MTV. “We stand by it to this day.”