Women in Music 2018
Max B's 75-Year Prison Sentence Shortened After Plea Deal
Despite a 75-year prison sentence handed down in 2009 for a deadly armed robbery, Wiz Khalifa tweeted Friday (Sept. 16) that rapper Max B will get out of jail early after his sentence was shortened. Max's publicist confirmed the news in a press release.
The Harlem-based rapper (real name: Charly Wingate) was sentenced alongside stepbrother Kelvin Leerdam, who received a life term plus 35 years after jurors found that he fatally shot one of the victims.
Max B is coming home. Sentence got shortened. Looks like the Gang will be working wit the Wave.— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) September 16, 2016
French Montana further shed light on the situation, saying in an Instagram post that Max could be home in as little as two years.
Max B's publicist issued a press release stating that the rapper had entered a plea deal for the sole charge of aggravated manslaughter, while all his original charges on his 12-count indictment, including first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, will be dropped. No definitive release date has yet been set.
"This proceeding was not a question of my guilt or innocence, but about the bad advice, poor judgment, and overall ineffectiveness of my trial attorney," Max said in a statement.
Max, 38 -- who was signed to Jim Jones' Byrd Gang label back in 2006 -- has stayed in the public eye behind bars, even releasing the song "Silver Surfer," featuring Khalifa, Joe Young and Alpac, on SoundCloud in February. The song followed a brief Twitter beef between Khalifa and Kanye West in January, when 'Ye indicated that he would name his next album (eventually titled The Life of Pablo) Waves. "Max B is the wavy one," Wiz tweeted at the time. "He created the wave. There is no wave without him."