Rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller -- a former No Limit rapper and the youngest brother of Master P (Percy Miller) and Silkk the Shocker (Vyshonn Miller) -- was found guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday (Aug. 11), a verdict stemming from a fan shooting that dates back to 2002. He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.
Miller had been charged with killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a New Orleans, La., nightclub. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune , a jury handed down a 10-2 verdict in the morning but Judge Hans Liljeberg called for more deliberation after questioning the validity of one juror's vote. After returning to the deliberation room, a second guilty verdict was reached in the afternoon. A defense motion for a mistrial was denied by the judge.
Miller was first brought to trial for Thomas' murder in 2003, and he changed his rapper name from "C-Murder" to "C-Miller" in the wake of the charges. He was found guilty and received a life sentence, but that verdict was tossed by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2006; the rapper was subsequently put under house arrest.
In May, Miller pleaded no contest to separate, second-degree attempted-murder charges after pulling a gun on a bouncer at a Baton Rouge nightclub in 2001.
"Life or Death," Miller's 1998 debut album, arrived and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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