The 30 Biggest Criminal Trials in Rap History

26. The People of the State of New York v. Chi Ali Griffith (2001)

Crime: First-Degree Manslaughter
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: Served 12 years at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.

Chi Ali Griffith released a solo album entitled The Fabulous Chi Ali in 1992, which included popular Beatnuts-produced singles “Age Ain’t Nothin But A #” and “Funky Lemonade.” He had recorded with Black Sheep, De La Soul, and was considered a member of the Native Tongues clique.

He all but disappeared off of the hip-hop radar until January 14, 2000, when he shot and killed Sean Raymond in the Bronx. The rapper had been dating Raymond’s sister. Accused of second-degree murder, assault, firearm possession, and a number of other charges, the rapper fled, eluding police in an extensive manhunt that lasted well over a year.

Twice, the rapper was featured on America’s Most Wanted. He was finally apprehended on March 5, 2001 in the Bronx for marijuana possession and illegal possession of a 9 millimeter handgun. He took a plea deal, avoiding a homicide charge in favor of a first-degree manslaughter charge.

He finished 12 years of his 14-year sentence before being freed. He obtained an Associates Degree while in jail, which helped shorten his sentence. He was freed in 2012.

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