Former Hip-Hop Mogul Rosemond Charged With Arranging Murder

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Even when the man they called “Jimmy Henchman” was on trial earlier this month for running a cocaine ring, his ties to the feud that led to the murders of two hip-hop legends preceded him. On Friday, Manhattan officials charged James Rosemond with arranging the murder of an associate of the rapper 50 Cent. On June 5, Rosemond was convicted in a Brooklyn federal court of peddling millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Rosemond, 47, was indicted for conspiring with five other men to kill the associate, Lowell Fletcher, in 2009. “This has not been a good month for Jimmy the Henchman,” Raymond W. Kelly, the New York police commissioner, said in a statement.

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UPDATE: Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty In NYC Drug Case

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A New York City jury has found a rap industry agent guilty of federal drug-trafficking charges. The verdict was reached Tuesday at the Brooklyn trial of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. The head of New York-based Czar Entertainment was charged last year with running a coast-to-coast drug ring that used music equipment cases to transport cocaine and drug money. The 47-year-old Rosemond had claimed he was framed.

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Hip-Hop Talent Agent Rosemond Faces More Federal Charges

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Federal prosecutors in New York unveiled new and potentially damaging charges against hip hop talent agent James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, indicting him for allegedly possessing a sub-machine gun and silencer.

Rosemond already faces drug trafficking charges that were announced in June, but the new allegations come in an expanded superseding indictment that includes the weapons violations.


“It adds several gun charges,” Assistant US Attorney Todd Kaminsky told a federal judge today, referring to the new indictment.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors are accusing the music impresario of illegally possessing a Mac-11 sub-machine gun and a Ruger 9mmm semi-automatic pistol.

If convicted of these new charges, it would be bad news for Rosemond – who officials say has at least one prior felony conviction.

Under federal law, possession of either a machine gun or a firearms silencer in connection with a drug crime carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The guns were seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during searches at several of Rosemond’s properties, officials said.

To help fight these new charges, Rosemond appeared today in Brooklyn federal court with some high-powered additions to his legal defense team.

The hip hop guru has hired Gerald Shargel, a prominent New York defense attorney whose past clients have included Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, as well as business and entertainment figures.

During the hearing today before Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn federal court, Rosemond pleaded not guilty to the new gun charges.

After the hearing, Shargel said he plans an aggressive trial strategy.

“I intend to represent and defend Mr. Rosemond vigorously,” Shargel said.

Rosemond is being held in a New York federal detention center, where he’s awaiting trial.

He was arrested earlier this summer and charged with using his music business as cover for his transcontinental narcotics empire.

Federal prosecutors originally indicted Rosemond on money laundering and obstruction of charges – as well as an additional charge that he ran a criminal enterprise while smuggling kilos of cocaine in music industry equipment packing cases from Los Angeles to New York.

The 46-year-old owner of Czar Entertainment, who manages singers Brandy and Akon, has pleaded not guilty to the drug trafficking allegations.

Feds Offer Jimmy Henchman A Plea In Return For Missing $100K

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A key witness against former rap manager/mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond is close to striking a plea deal with prosecutors, according to reports.

According to TheSmokingGun.com, Khalil Abdullah, one of Rosemond’s associates and top members in the collective known as the Rosemond organization, is close to making the deal, if he returns a missing $100,000 to the government.

Abdullah allegedly entrusted the $100,000 to an unnamed associate, whom he cannot locate.

In order to receive the plea deal with prosecutors, Abdullah must forfeit the $100,000, which Abdullah allegedly stole from the Rosemond organization, which helped trigger the current federal investigation.

According to an indictment, Abdullah’s thieving helped lead to a bigger investigation into the Rosemond organization’s trafficking conspiracy.

DEA agents claim that the organization used Federal Express and other overnight couriers to send millions of dollars worth of narcotics and proceeds from New York to the West Coast, and back.

Abdullah, who knew that he was in the process of being indicted for his role in the cocaine distribution conspiracy, was the original person to contact lead prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, with information on the conspiracy.

Abdullah allegedly faxed a letter to prosecutors from a Kinko’s on April 25th, where he told agents about of a shipment that was being sent to a recording studio in New York, in a “road case” for music equipment.

When agents seized the road case they found $790,000 in $20 bills, which helped lead Kaminsky to indict the investigation’s main target, James Rosemond.

Abdullah, who is facing at least 10 years in prison for his role in distributing the cocaine, is seeking to receive a lesser sentence by testifying.

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was apprehended by authorities in New York on June 20th, after being on the run for nearly 2 weeks.

The following day, he appeared in Brooklyn federal court, where he pleaded not guilty to intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

Police are also investigating Rosemond involvement in a murder for hire plot that resulted in the death of an associate of 50 Cent named Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, who was killed last year, for allegedly smacking Rosemond’s son during a dispute in March of 2007.

Jimmy Henchman Arrested

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The manhunt for James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has come to an end yesterday (June 21). Rosemond has been on the run since warrants were issued for his arrest on May 17.

Officers spotted Rosemond outside the W Hotel in Union Square. He tried to evade DEA agents and US Marshals by taking off on foot, but was apprehended and arrested on 21st Street and Park Avenue South.

Shortly after his arrest he was arraigned in Brooklyn on conspiracy to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine.

Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffery Lichtman, has been preparing for the impending case and feels that he is ready to fight the charges in court.

“These charges obviously aren’t surprising, we’ve been anticipating them for years now,” Lichtman told MTV News on Tuesday (June 21). “But they’re built on the backs of people that have lied and cheated, have been threatened, have been bribed by the government,” he added. “Anything to get Jimmy Rosemond, but all of this is going to be exposed. We’ve been waiting a long time for our day in court we finally have it.”

The feds have been building a case on Rosemond for the past year and have got some help from his associates. Dexter Isaac, who has been cooperating with the government in its case against Henchman, claims that he was paid $2,500 by Rosemond to rob Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios in November 1994.

“When you got witnesses like that against you, it can make anybody paranoid and believe that they won’t be getting a fair trial,” Lichtman said about his client. “When the case starts, we’ll be ready to go.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Prisoner Says He Was Involved In 1994 Robbery & Shooting Of Tupac Shakur

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A man has admitted to being involved in the attack on rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994, inside Manhattan’s Quad Studios in November of 1994, after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond.

Dexter Isaac, a former friend of Rosemond, is an inmate currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery and other offenses.

Isaac came forward Wednesday (June 15th) with the information on the eve of what would be Tupac’s 40th birthday.

He confessed to his involvement in the November 30th, 1994 robbery of Tupac Shakur to AllHipHop.com, after Jimmy Henchman identified him in a statement, relating to Henchman’s indictment for dealing numerous kilos of cocaine.

“I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Jimmy Henchman],” Dexter Isaac told AllHipHop.com from prison. “I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure.”

Henchman, who is currently on the run from Federal officials, claimed that Dexter Isaac, along with other incarcerated inmates were cooperating with the government in an investigation of his alleged drug dealing activities.

“If the government is relying on informants like Winston “Winnie” Harris, a convicted drug dealer and Jamaican deportee, who came to me and motioned via hand signal that he was forced to wear a wire and begged me to skip town or Dexter Isaac who is serving life in prison plus 30 years, then I’m sure I will not be offered a fair trial,” Henchman said in a statement released to AllHipHop.com in May of 2011.

Dexter Isaac told AllHipHop.com that he decided to confess to the robbery to prove Jimmy Henchman’s involvement, in addition to clearing his conscience for his role in the robbery.

Isaac said he was comfortable going on record relating to the robbery and shooting which resulted in Pac being reportedly shot, five times.

Since the statute of limitations had expired, legally, no one can be prosecuted for the assault at this time.

Isaac was a lifelong friend of Jimmy Henchmen, who helped the former mogul set up his first company, Henchman Entertainment, in 1989.


Isaac claims he never cooperated with the government in any investigation, and Jimmy Henchman’s allegations infuriated him.

Isaac, who is also from Brooklyn, has long been suspected of being involved in the Quad shooting of Tupac Shakur, along with an associate name Spencer “Scooter” Bowens, who is also serving a life sentence and another man named George Roland Campbell.

According to the confession below, Dexter Isaac not only knows what happened to Tupac Shakur’s jewelry, but he claims he is also in possession of the Hip-Hop star’s chain that was taken during the altercation on that infamous night on November 7, 1994.

The shooting on November 30th, was the start of a deadly feud that resulted in the murders of both Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Their murders have never been solved.

Isaac was indicted by the government in 1998 and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison for murder, robbery, fraud and witness intimidation charges.

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