Former Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Shyheim pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday (July 17) in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident earlier this year in Staten Island.
The 34-year-old rapper was driving a friend’s 2003 Volvo S80 on New Year’s Day, when he allegedly ran a stop sign and hit Felipe Avila’s vehicle. Instead of stopping, he fled the scene.
Shyheim was arrested a week later and eventually released on $500,000 bail.
According to SI Live, the former rapper pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, as well as a weapon-possession charge, stemming from a separate arrest in April 2013 in which police found a loaded gun and drugs in his apartment.
He is scheculed to be sentenced Aug. 21 in state Supreme Court, under which he’ll receive four and two thirds to 14 years for the manslaughter conviction, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan. The maximum is five to 15 years.
Shyheim will also receive a concurrent term of seven years for the gun conviction, as well as five years’ post release supervision.
Shyheim, who has performed under the name Manchild, is a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate who put out his first album in 1994, titled AKA The Rugged Child. He would go on to work with the likes of RZA and Tupac Shakur, and he shared the stage at Madison Square Garden with The Notorious B.I.G.