March 16, 2001 12:18
SHYNE HEADING FOR JAIL?
Shyne's believes he is heading for at least a three-and-a-half-year sentence...
Speaking from Manhattan Supreme Court during the second day of jury deliberation yesterday (March 15), Shyne's lawyer, Murray Richman, said he expected his client to be convicted on at least one minor charge against him - criminal possession of a weapon. The charge carries a minimum sentence of three and a half years. Shyne admitted during the seven-week trial that he had fired a gun into the ceiling of Club New York on December 27 1999.
Richman added that he was confident the jury would accept the theory that Shyne fired the gun in self-defence and so acquit him on the more serious charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and assault. "Shyne is a good kid," he said.
The lawyer also revealed that he had attempted to reach a plea bargain deal with prosecution, but that they were not interested.
As on the previous day, the jury seemed to spend the majority of their time considering Shyne's case.
According to reports in the US press, they asked for almost two hours of a police ballistic expert's testimony be read back. Earlier in the day, they had also asked to again see photographs of the interior of the club.
On Wednesday (March 14) the jury, of seven men and five women, had asked Judge Solomons to explain again the most serious charges faced by Shyne.
Puffy meanwhile, remained in good spirits yesterday. He spent the majority of his time in the empty courtroom reading. His lawyers repeated that he was confident, but concerned about the jury's decision.
The Bad Boy Recordings impresario's confidence will have been boosted by the admission of Aurora Garcia-Susana. A reserve juror dismissed earlier this week, Ms Garcia-Susana told the press she believed Puffy would be found not guilty. "I don't think there was enough evidence to convict Mr Combs," she said. "But his testimony, I don't think, was all that truthful."
The jury begins its third day of deliberation this morning. The judge has ordered that if a verdict isn't reached today, they must continue over the weekend.
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