The 30 Biggest Criminal Trials in Rap History

8. The State of Tennessee v. Tab Virgil (2004)

Crime: Second-Degree Attempted Murder
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: Served eight years and eight months at Forrest City Federal Prison in Arkansas.

Turk might be the least well known member of the Hot Boyz after Lil Wayne, Juvenile and B.G., but for much of the last decade there was good reason.

On January 28, 2004, the rapper, whose government name was Tab Virgil, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, after shooting two police officers in Memphis, Tennessee. A SWAT team entered an apartment in southeast Memphis on January 26, searching for drugs. The rapper was accused of shooting blindly with a 9 millimeter handgun from his hiding spot in a closet, striking officer Chris Harris four times.

Small amounts of marijuana and heroin were found in the apartment. The rapper agreed to a plea deal that brought his charges down to attempted second-degree murder, and he was sentenced to 12 years. He was released after serving close to nine calenders, at the age of 30 in 2012. At the same time as Turk’s release, fellow Hot Boy B.G. was sentenced to nine years for weapons violations.

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