Jason Phillips, a member of the British garage band So Solid Crew, was sentenced yesterday (June 19) to four years in prison for carrying a loaded handgun. A jury at Southwark Crown Court in London co

Jason Phillips, a member of the British garage band So Solid Crew, was sentenced yesterday (June 19) to four years in prison for carrying a loaded handgun. A jury at Southwark Crown Court in London convicted the 24-year-old Phillips of possessing a prohibited weapon and seven rounds of ammunition.

A singer and producer who uses the stage name G-Man, Phillips was charged following an alleged incident near London's Leicester Square last Nov. 14.

Police said he fled when undercover officers on a drug patrol stopped him and asked him to empty his pockets. Police found a loaded Brocock pistol atop a pile of garbage nearby. Phillips said he had run because he was carrying a small amount of marijuana.

Judge James Wadsworth said Phillips probably had the gun "out of bravado and the thrill of having it, rather than the intention of using it."

"But the danger remains nonetheless," he said. "Had you thrown it away and it was found by someone other than the police, there is no knowing how that loaded gun may have been used."

Another member of the 30-strong south London combo, Shane Neil, was cleared earlier this month of drug and weapons charges in the same incident. He had spent four months in jail awaiting trial, and his lawyers claimed politicians prejudiced the case by whipping up hysteria around rap music and black youth culture.

So Solid Crew scored a No. 1 hit in Britain with the song "21 Seconds," written by Phillips. The group won a Brit Award for best video and picked up two prizes at the Music of Black Origin awards.


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