NEW YORK (Nov. 30, 2017) — A former rap promoter-turned-drug kingpin has been convicted of hiring hitmen to kill a pal of rapper 50 Cent.
James Rosemond — known as the streets as “Jimmy the Henchman” — founded the talent management company Czar Entertainment and repped stars like like Sean Kingston, the Game, Salt-N-Pepa and Gucci Mane.
Rosemond was managing the Game when he got into an ongoing “diss track” battle with 50 Cent and his group, G-Unit. Things came to a head when G-Unit members Marvin “Tony Yayo ”Bernard, and Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher roughed up Rosemond’s 14-year-old son in 2007.
Fletcher was sentenced to jail in the assault but prosecutors say Rosemond arranged for four men to kill him once he was released from jail, promising them $30,000 for his death.
In 2009, the crew lured Fletcher to a remote area of the Bronx and shot him dead. Rosemond paid them back with a kilo of cocaine, prosecutors said.
Rosemond, who is already serving two life terms for drug trafficking and gun convictions, insisted he had just asked the men to shoot at Fletcher to scare him, not kill him.
The case marked the third trial against Rosemond for Fletcher’s killing. The first one ended with a hung jury and the second resulted in a conviction that was overturned on appeal. Rosemond’s lawyer vowed another appeal.
He had previously convicted of running a multi-million dollar narcotics trafficking operation, moving large amounts of drugs across the country.