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Turk Sentenced to 12 Years for Shooting S.W.A.T. Team Deputy

TURK1.jpgA judge in Memphis sentenced former Cash Money rapper Turk to 12 years in prison for wounding a sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team deputy in a January 2004 drug raid. According to Memphis’ Commercial Appeal News, Turk, whose real name is Tab Virgil, was charged with attempted second-degree murder. On Wednesday (April 26), Turk entered an Alford plea, sometimes known as a “best-interest” plea, which allows the defendant to dispute certain allegations while still allowing them to accept an agreed-upon sentence to avoid a longer sentence if convicted. Legally, the Alford plea has the same effect as a guilty plea. The 12-year sentence was reduced from the 25 years that he initially faced for an attempted first-degree murder charge. Since last October, Turk has been serving an additional 10-year federal sentence for being a felon in possession of a handgun.

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