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Music mogul James Rosemond handed life sentence

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Oct 26, 2013 | 7:25am EDT

Music mogul James Rosemond has been sentenced to life in jail for masterminding a huge drug empire. Rosemond, also known as Jimmy Henchman, was convicted of overseeing a cocaine ring across New York last year (12), along with 13 other charges, including witness tampering and obstruction of justice. After a lengthy delay, he was hauled before Federal Judge John Gleeson at Brooklyn federal court on Friday (25Oct13) for sentencing, and was handed life behind bars, plus five years. Judge Gleeson told Rosemond, "You're the kingpin. Not all kingpins necessarily deserve a life sentence but you certainly do. You're a very intelligent and capable person and you chose this life." After being handed the sentence, Rosemond released a statement through his publicist, which reads, "My Resilience and determination will overcome all adversity and history will vindicate and be kinder to me." The 48 year old will be back in court next month (Dec13) to stand trial over allegations he hired a gunman to kill Lowell Fletcher, who previously served two years in jail for assaulting Rosemond's then-14-year-old son. Rosemond previously managed the careers of rapper The Game and R&B stars Akon and Brandy.

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