Rapper JAMAL ‘SHYNE’ BARROW has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a New York court today (June 1).
He was convicted in March on two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession for his part in a nightclub shooting in December 1999.
Presiding Judge Solomon said the sentencing decision was one of the most difficult he had ever faced. “It’s a tragedy all around,” he said. “This is a young man who had a promising future.” Shyne had earlier pleaded for clemency asking Judge Solomon “for mercy [and for you] not to waste my life.”
The rapper was sentenced to 10 years for the most serious charge, second-degree assault, for shooting club-goer Natania Reuben in the face.
According to MTV.COM, he was given four other sentences on his other charges, ranging from two-and-a-third to seven years, but the sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will only have to serve 10 years total.
It is not known at present if Shyne‘s legal team have issued an appeal.
His one-time mentor Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs was aquitted for his part in the incident.