The rapper is sent to prison after lying to a grand jury…

LIL’ KIM has been sentenced to a year in prison for lying to a grand jury to protect friends.

The rapper, who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March, had faced up to 20 years in jail on three counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy.

The jury was investigating two of the star’s associates involved in a 2001 shooting outside a Manhattan radio station.

According to BBC News, Lil’ Kim made a plea for leniency before her sentencing in New York, admitting that she had done wrong.

She said in court: “I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong.”

The rapper – real name Kimberley Jones was also fined $50,000 (£28,000).

As previously reported on NME.COM, the shootout happened on February 25, 2001 outside of the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan, leaving one man shot in the back after five men fired 22 bullets.

During her 2003 appearances, Lil’ Kim was accused off lying when she told a grand jury that her ex-manager was not at the station on the day and she denied knowing a former bodyguard.

Both admitted that they were there and pleaded guilty to gun charges.