June 16, 2011 8:25
New York prisoner admits to robbing Tupac Shakur
Dexter Isaac confesses he robbed rapper at New York Studios in 1994
Dexter Isaac, who is serving a life sentence for a series of offences, including murder, has confessed to being part of the robbery, during which Shakur was shot five times, at Quad Studios in New York. He has said he did so under instructions from James Rosemond, a hip hop mogul who has been consistently linked with investigations into the rapper's death over the years. He has admitted his crime in a letter to hip hop news website AllHipHop.com.
Isaac, who has said he has confessed because "I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did. I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie Small's] mothers some closure."
In the letter, Isaac wrote: "In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob Tupac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He [Rosemond] gave me $2,500 (£1,550), plus all the jewellery I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."
There have been many theories in the 17 years since the incident that the shooting at Quad Studios contributed to the escalation of a feud between rival East Coast and West Coast gangs that culminated in the death of both Shakur and rap rival Biggie Smalls.
The murders of both Smalls and Shakur remain unsolved to this day.
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