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Remy Ma convicted of assault

The 26-year-old rapper faces up to 25 years in prison after a conviction for shooting a woman last summer

(FROM AP) - Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was convicted of assault, weapon possession, and attempted coercion on Thursday (March 27) and now faces up to 25 years in prison. The case involved an incident on July 14, 2007 when Remy Ma got into a woman’s car after a party at a Manhattan nightclub and demanded that she dump her purse, accusing her of stealing $3,000. In her defense, the entertainer conceded that she did fire a shot but said the gun went off accidentally while the two women struggled over the purse. Assistant District Attorney Michael McIntosh said Remy Ma ”took an illegal .45-caliber automatic and loaded it with hollow-point bullets,” then used both hands to cock the weapon as she got into the car. ”She took every step you had to take to shoot somebody,” the prosecutor said. The victim, Makeda Barnes Joseph was shot in the abdomen and testified that she underwent three surgeries during a three-week hospital stay.

Remy Ma, real name Remy Smith, 26, earned a Grammy nomination as part of the Terror Squad for the 2004 hit ”Lean Back.” (AP via Yahoo!)