A Houston jury sentenced rap musician Carlos Coy, professionally known as South Park Mexican, to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. The 31-year-old could have received up to

A Houston jury sentenced rap musician Carlos Coy, professionally known as South Park Mexican, to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. The 31-year-old could have received up to life in prison from the same jury that convicted him May 18 of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Coy, who was sentenced last Thursday, testified that he did not assault the girl, who was at Coy's home to spend a night with his daughter last Labor Day weekend. He also told jurors that children in seven other sexual assault cases against him had been swayed by a prosecution request for victims to come forward. Many of them lied on the stand, he said.

Coy co-founded Houston-based Dope House Records, which in April released his latest album, "Reveille Park." The set debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 48 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and has sold 23,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Through Dope House, Coy released four albums as South Park Mexican in 1998 and 1999, before signing to signing to Universal, where he issued three sets, including 2001's "Never Change," which debuted at No. 40 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.


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