By Gil Kaufman
B.G. has been dealing with the fallout from a 2009 traffic stop that turned up a weapon, and on Wednesday (July 18) the former Cash Money rapper, real name Christopher Dorsey, received a 14-year prison sentence after pleading guilty.
The 31-year-old plead guilty to two counts of felony firearm possession, and a count one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Dorsey was stopped by police in 2009 in Eastern New Orleans during a traffic stop. He was arrested along with two associates, Demounde Pollard, 20 and Jerod Fedison, 30. Police found three guns, as well as loaded magazines, in the car, two of which had been reported stolen and later determined that the car had been stolen from an Alamo rental car parking lot.
Pollard confessed to ownership of the guns, but police later determined that he'd done so at Dorsey's request. When the state criminal case moved to federal court, Pollard and Fedison pleaded guilty, which opened up an avenue to charge Dorsey. The Cash Money rapper had confessed to the gun possession and obstruction charges, but refused to cooperate with police. Pollard took a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Fedison, whose rap sheet was longer, received a 20-year bid.
During the trial, prosecutors introduced videos linking Dorsey to two of New Orleans' most high-profile alleged murderers, imprisoned alleged drug kingpin Telly Hankton and Walter Porter, men whom the rapper had name checked in online clips. Prosecutors were asking for a 25-year prison term for Dorsey in the case, pointing to the videos as proof of the MC's wide-ranging criminal activity, according to the Times-Picayune.
The lawyer for the "Bling Bling" rapper, whose songs chronicled the gritty street life of hustlers and the high life of flashy MC's, said his client's appearance in the controversial videos was merely "posturing and marketing," saying that while "many people would frown upon his art ... it is art." The judge in the case indeed frowned on the videos, but would not allow them to be employed to secure the longer sentence.
"His career has just been deplorable and sad," U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan said of Dorsey, whose videos she believed "may have contributed to the murders of young people" in New Orleans.
Dorsey racked up three felony drug convictions from 1998 to 2003. He was ordered to also serve three years of supervised release at the end of his prison term.