Remy Ma Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison today by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge for shooting her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph after the two argued over money after leaving a party.

Supporters of the rapper (real name, Remy Smith) were present outside the court room adorned in red and white T-shirts bearing the words “Free Remy” across the front. After the verdict was announced a number of family and friends of the rapper exited the court room in tears. An associate of Smith’s exited the courtroom and upon seeing what appeared to be friends of Barnes-Joseph spit in their direction.

“I’m not a thug,” Remy Ma told Judge Rena Uviller, asking for mercy in her sentencing. “I’m not a hardcore anything, I have feelings. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, a big sister.”

Prosecutors lobbied for a 13-year sentence, but the judge settled on eight. Remy Ma’s camp insisted on five years, but both her attorney and management said they were happy with the judge’s leniency. Her lawyer, Ivan Fisher, said he intends to appeal the sentencing.

In March a judge found Remy Ma guilty on multiple counts of assault and weapons possession. She also had been charged with witness tampering and gang intimidation after an incident occurred in the Bronx where Barnes-Joseph’s boyfriend was attacked. A judge later threw the charges out.

Papoose, the rapper’s fiance, held a stoic look on his face as he left the courtroom.

The day before he was involved in an incident at Riker’s Island when he visited Remy Ma.

The pair were scheduled to marry but prison officials denied Papoose after they thought an item of his was a skeleton key. Papoose’s mother denied the charge. Pap later got into an argument with court officers outside of the court room and had to be escorted out.

The rapper later gathered his composure outside the courthouse and addressed the media, telling them money motivated the decision.

“Fuck jail,” he yelled as his friends pulled him away during the melee. “Fuck jail, lock me up. I don’t care, y’all just want money. She didn’t’ do nothing.”

Initially, Smith vehemently denied the shooting. The rapper claimed she did not have a gun, nor did she fire the shots that struck Barnes-Joseph in the stomach.

Barnes-Joseph was hospitalized for her injuries and media swarmed Remy Ma’s New Jersey home questioning the rapper. In July of last year, she shouted her innocence to reporters from the second-floor window of her house. “I didn’t shoot my friend,” she said.

In March of this year, however, her attorney, Ivan Fisher, finally admitted the rapper’s role in the shooting during the case’s closing arguments.

Fisher called the action a mistake. According to the Associated Press, Fisher, at the time, explained the gun went off after the two women were struggling over the weapon and the firearm accidentally discharged.

An assistant district attorney in the case, Michael McIntosh, pressed that the rapper took every premeditated step to carry out her plan, from loading the weapon to entering the victim’s car brandishing the gun. “She took every step you had to take to shoot somebody,” McIntosh said during closing arguments.

Barnes-Joseph filed a multi-million dollar civil suit against Remy Ma in December. She later withdrew the lawsuit, but still has the option to re-file the suit. The rapper’s attorney could not be reached for an additional comment by XXLMag.com as of press time.—Jayson Rodriguez

  • N.PIMPIN

    8 YEARS FOR THIS SHIT….BUT THE 3 COPS THAT KILLED “SEAN BELL” AND SHOT HIS 2 FRIENDS HAVE THEIR CASES DISMISSED!!!!!!! THIS SHIT IS KRAZY, I NOT SAYING REMY IS INNOCENT, SHE SHOT HER FRIEND AND HAVE TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES FOR HER ACTION. THE SAME STANDARD SHOULD APPLY 2 ALL THE FAKE, CROOKED ASS POLICE OUT HERE AS WELL…..HOLD YA HEAD REMY…

    • I REIGN SUPREME

      COMPLETELY COSIGN!

    • stfu

      EXACTLY.. its so fucked up how she gets 8 fckin years for shooting this broke chick for commiting $$$ theft lol, but 3 cops have their case dismissed for shooting and killing an innocent man… smh <3uu rem

    • http://NONE MUDER_MA

      REMY I MISS U SO MUCH AND THATS FUCKED UP THAT U HAD GOT 8 YEARS AND THAT IS SOME BULL SHIT CAUSE WIHT THIS SHIT THAT HAPPEN TO 3 COPS THAT KILLED “SEAN BELL” AND SHOT HIS 2 FRIENDS HAVE THEIR CASES DISMISSED!!!!!!! THIS SHIT IS KRAZY, I NOT SAYING REMY IS INNOCENT, SHE SHOT HER FRIEND AND HAVE TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES FOR HER ACTION. THE SAME STANDARD SHOULD APPLY 2 ALL THE FAKE, CROOKED ASS POLICE OUT HERE AS BUT REMY KEEP YUR HEAD UP AND THINK ABOUT THE SON U HAVE AND DO WHAT U HAVE TO DO TO GET HOME TO HIM EVEN KNO I NO ONE OF YUR PPL HAS HIM BUT STILL

      STAY UP BABY
      I MIIS U SO MUCH
      IM THE #1 FAN U HAVE AND IF I CAN I WILL COME SEE U
      I LOVE U REMY

  • hahaha wow

    Damn!

  • http://xxlmag.com Philly215

    Remy should be glad that’s all she got. 8 years for attempt murder she was crying and shit in front of the judge but she wasn’t think about that when she shot the lady over 3grand now was she she should have thought about her kids and family before she decided to pull the trigger over something stupid like this i don’t feel sorry for her but i don’t wish jail on nobody but you have to think about the consequences of your actions

  • stobo646

    Its a sad day in america when u can’t shoot a bitch for stealin 3000 from u I would have shot her ass too fuck that but yo what the fuck I thought concurently mean they run together so that would mean 3 to 5 y she gotta do 8 niggas aint say consecutive somebody break that down to me I’m confused.

  • T-BONE

    WTF! It Is too Bad that Jonnie Cochran died. Cause the lawers these rappers got r bullshit

  • adrian smith

    hard times in jail remy ma over money 8years thats life lifes a bitch keep ya head up remy

  • moresickaMC

    When keeping it real goes wrong. She just flushed whatever career she had

    • Groovy

      You’re a bitch nigga, bitch nigga! Call you’re probably white that’s why you sayin shit like that. What hood you rep anyway, Schasatchwa!

    • quietchaos

      lol @ when keepin it real goes wrong…lmao!! dave chapelle.. but nah, you can’t expect that when u shoot someone you ain’t gonna suffer the consequence… i mean really.. but just like ole boy below said, it’s messed up that she gotta eat this 8, but yet them 3 cops who killed sean bell get to be at home with their families eating a steak dinner.. our gov’t is all f*U(#(+_E up!!! keep your head up ma.. U GOTTA REASON.

  • Rae Tha Great

    Thats fucked up. It was planned just imagine if Remy wouldve killed that chick over a couple thousand. Shit was petty. She’ll learn she’ll be out in like 2012 you know how short the time really be if Shyne getting out early. Peace

  • btizzy

    Damn 8 years is a long time!! No bullshit, I hope she can make it though. By the time she get out she will be long forgotten about. Keep ya head up shawty.

  • COKEDUP/CAKED OUT

    “WANNA RUMBLE WIT’ THE BEE HUH?!…BZZZ I PUT A HEX ON YO’ WHOLE FAMILY”- LIL’KIM

    DAMN REM.DAMN.

  • betta u then me

    grab a snicker .

  • pickle

    Now she crying about not being a thug! WHATEVA WHATEVA WHATEVA WHATEVA
    She should have thought long and hard about her stupid actions, but its too late now. When did she get married, I thought that they tossed him out before that even happened. Somewhere Fat Joe is saying, “I told you so.”

  • Faji

    I Feel Ya N. Pimpin

  • Papoose

    Good for this wolfman looking drag queen bitch. Her music is trash anyways!

  • solo

    fuck…. hold ya head remy…… on this DICK!!!! hahaha. niggas goota be more careful

  • kingequality

    Dam 3stacks for 8yrs thats a shame maybe she thought if she pulled a gun on shorty she would give the loot back thats not even the issue we gotta stop fallen in the traps stop playing the role of fake ass thugs and do what we supposed to do

  • K.ola

    That not that bad….

    she would have sold more if she had just laughed at the time….

  • Furious

    So Pap busts in with keys… if he actually succeeded in getting Remy out of the clink, what then?

    Stupidness…

  • http://internationalzonecoaster.blogspot.com Max-Jerome

    Then we ask where are all the good female emcess.

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  • http://myspace,.com/thekidmakesbeatz Kid Pistol

    Nooooooooo. Lol, man that ish is sad. Damn.

  • What’z Crackin

    DDDDDDDDDDDDD…Damn remy you should’ve went ahead and waxed that bitch

  • http://hotmail get what u deserve

    hahahaha dumb bitch, “…we gangsta and gangsta’s dont dance or boogie, so nevermind how we got in here with burna’s and hoodies…” all of the sudden that turns into “…im not a thug (sobbing) i aint hardcore, im a wife, a mother, a sister…” boo fuckin who bitch, should learn not to act like a caged animal and be an adult, u got a kid and a career (small one) to worry bout. good riddens

  • major

    Ghost Deini

    if u believe dat shit u wrote then u a bitch just like her. If u not a thug dont rap about being one. I aint no fuckin thug so u wont hear me talkin dat thug life shit either. I dont know y everybody think u have to talk gangster shit to be a rapper anyway. She def aint do it 2 sell cuz she aint sold shit. I dont wanna see NOBODY locked up but dont talk dat shit if u aint bout dat shit.

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  • fireforreal

    If Foxy and kim both had to serve majority of there time Remy will have to as well or more being the violent nature of her crime.Well she has about 5 years minimum to write a better album and find herself.

  • BX POSTER CHILD

    IN THE WORDS OF DAVE CHAPPELLE:

    REMY MARTIN. ONCE A YOUNG RAPPER WIT A PROUD FUTURE, NOW JUS ANOTHA EXAMPLE OF WHEN KEEPIN IT REAL GOES WRONG

  • WANG

    DAM…..we aint goin ta here from her fo a while

    but keep ya head up remy

  • jada

    R.I.P Jonnie Cochran

  • King Way$

    Her ex girlfriend is probably crying. You shouldn’t act grimme if you ain’t. This what happens when you act like the people you are surrounded by. It’s messed up the way things happen.

  • http://www.freshfor88.com Fresh For 88

    Wow..That will it

  • $ykotic

    Another emcee bites the dust. Hold ya head girl. Good luck.

    P.S.- You other industry dudes who be browsing the blogs listen up: You know big brother don”t wanna see us paid. Ya’ll be rolling with your goons/entourage. Surround them clowns and Tim stomp them! Knuckle up! NO MORE GUNS! Tired of hearing “rap star arrested..” You can beat an assault charge….

    Please?!!

  • niggafrommemphis

    yall better believe that mental illness is a factor among alot of niggas doin stupid ass shit in the first place.they need to send her to a state hospital.

  • Trickdd

    Lil wayne is still the most sexy nigga in the game and I’d be ready to riot if he got locked up.Remy just needs to keep it real.And yes this is the real Trickdd not that fake saying he’s me.

  • http://xxlmag.com q-storm

    Remy, keep God first and hold ya head. I don’t know the specifics of the case, but now u have a lot 2 think about. when u get out we have a lot of work 2 do, we all we got and we got 2 start acting like it.

  • hK Gkunna L50C

    Damn remy , 8years seemz like along time but these days shit breeZe by cuh,she probly gon’ do a 5 year minimum….keep ya head up YuNg CuZz 55NhkC BKPK3KHK

  • stfu

    im sayin yo its so fucked up how she gets 8 fckin years for shooting this broke chick for commiting $$$ theft lol, but 3 cops have their case dismissed for shooting & killing an innocent man… smh

  • mike

    Lean Back mama, you should’ve never left home… True Story.

  • BossGame

    solo says:

    fuck…. hold ya head remy…on this dick!

    This is the funniest shit on this subject.

    night night beastbitch

  • http://xxlmag.com luke

    fukn bullshyt FREE REMY MARTIN fuk that Makeda Barnes-Joseph fukn snitch maynn

  • http://www.myspace.com/rcvthamc RCV

    What a story….That’s the end of her career, and what a great female MC she was.

  • MalakiDaGod

    I SO FUCKIN AGREE WIT DAT 1ST COMMENT SHIT AINT CORRECT BECAUSE IF REMY MA WAS A WHITE PERSON AND WAS A COP SHE WOULD OF NEVER EVEN GOT IME SUSPENDED MAYBE BUT NO TIME THEY SHOT SEAN BELL 51 TIMES AND YOU TELLIN ME BECAUSE A RAPPER SHOOTS SOMEBODY ONCE BY MISTAKE (AND GIRLS STILL ALIVE) REMY GETS 8 YEARS? HOW ABOUT DA KID WHO WAS SHOT BY THAT COP THAN REPORTED IT THE NEXT DAY NYPD DA MOST CORRUPTED COPS NEXT 2 LAPD I CANT EVEN CHILL IN DA BRONX ANYMORE WITOU THESE WALKIN COPS WANNA FUK AROUND YO SOME COPS BOUT 2 START GETTIN MOKED OUT CUZ SHIT AINT RIGHT!!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    this is some bull shit popo kill Bell and em faggots is scotch free Remy pops 1 in a thief and they give her 8yrs this just shows how racist America is and has always been,even though we got Obama doin it for us it wont change shit due to the fact that the system is built on racis fundemantals well I aint saying niggas need to go out and start killin 5-0(aint refering to 5ocent) but some shit gotta be done but on the flip side she a dumb bitch just like her wanka man Papussy who tried some “Prison Break” shit with her when he went to check her fugly ass in jail well feel sorry for the nigga coz now he gon be all alone when he goes gets the Welfare check he won’t have her to watch his back in case niggas trynna jump him, I bet the nigga now wondering why he ever hooked up with her in the first place coz 8 years is a real long time to be jacking off but Remy would atleast re-unite with her ex-girlfriend.

  • KingWay$

    you can’t compare this to anything else so don’t use the white and black shit. fucked up shit happens all the time.theres good people and bad people it was just the wrong place and situation look at shyne the bullet bounced off of the wall and hit that chick in the nose 10 years. she was facing 25 years shes lucky she got 8. she should have not lied and took so long to put her story out there.

  • issh

    when ever i saw any footage of remy ma she wass always talkin brezzy reeckless when your given the opprotunites to do better u should run with it all she did wass run her mouth and be negative she fucked off the blessing that god gave her buy trying to hurt other people so my she be an example to her self. and to lil kim another one of your haters bites the dust!

  • Esco

    Lmao I love how people still pull a race and crooked cop card on this one. Open your eyes, the bitch got into the car, the bitch grabbed the gun, the bitch fired the shots, and the bitch lied in court about it. What the fuck does race have to do with that? Remy was dumb as hell and now shes going to pay for her mistakes

  • the87man

    GOOD!! REMY IS GARBAGE. I AINT HEARD OF IT.. HAHA. LOOKIN LIKE A PROSTITUTE ND SHIT FUCK THE EAST COAST . WESTCOAST GOTS THE REAL GANGSTAS IN DICKIES THAT WERE CREASED UP UNDER THE MATRESS

  • king kay

    shit is crazy man she feminine.she’s a bitch.leave her alone.FREE REMY.

  • YOUNGFED

    Remy gone come out a lesbo with gongical visits. lol

  • Maddolies

    Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik did u jus use the word Fugly?
    Thats Hella Gay.
    And God damn Remys Ugly As Fuck. She Got That Whole Skunk Thing Goin Wit Her Hair. Papoose u just a sucka 4 love.

  • jamaldee

    fuck em alll…fack ass gnagstarz

  • http://www.myspace,com/lostgyrl lostgyrl

    I actually sat here and read every comment… You guys are soooo funny… Remy is a has been…. In 8 years she will be forgotten! I doubt if Papoose will actually marry her.. Reality will set in and he will realize marrying her will be a dumb mistake.. Going into Rikers with a handcuff key he knew he would be caught, his mellow dramatic ass deserves a Oscar!!! He’s A FOOL!!!! and Remy needed to think about her son and family members before she got herself into this shit!!
    She won’t get the chance to read this but someone close to her will, she a fucking loser, her music sucks, the only song she has ever been apart of that I’ve liked is “lean back” and the one with mobb deep.. she needs to be real with herself if she expects people to believe in her, I knew she would be found guilty because she is a fake!!! Some rappers speak the truth. Rather it’s their life, or a true story somewhere.. No one is jealous of u and never will be.. Kim is home, Foxy is home(for now). While you are in jail, do some soul searching and come home with a goal other than rapping, cause you have prove to us that you are not true to yourself. Maybe you’ll have a regular visit or two other than your son,(even though that’s all that matters) let’s see how long papoose will visit!!

    ps. whomever is reading this that knows remy personally, tell shawty she is not invincble!!!!!!! although this is something she should has figured out but now!!!

    peace on earth!!!!

    • http://aol missbeasy

      HOLD UP LOST WHATEVER U TALK SHIT ABOUT SOMETHING U KNO NOTHING ABOUT!!! EVERYONE CAN TALK SHIT BUT THE REAL DEAL AINT YOURS TO FACE BUT HERS!! IF I HAD A KID MY ASS WOULD DEF BE CRYING AN SAYING WHATEVER I HAD TO IN COURT!!! THINGS GO DWON EVER FUCKING DAY THAT ARE NOT ALWAYS HOW THEY SEEM WHO KNOW WTF WENT RONG SHES A HUMAN JUST LIKE U U TALK ABOUT PEACE ON EARTH BUT YET U TALK SHIT ABOUT A HUMAN WHO HAS BLOOD JUST LIKE U IM A BIG FAN YA I KNO I DONT KNO HER BUT MUSIC IS A WAY IN TO SOMEONES LIFE SO SHE FOUND AWAY IN MINE U CAN THINK WHAT EVER IN THE END OF THE DAY WE ALL HAVE ARE OWN MINE BUT THINK B4 U TALK SHIT ABOUT SOME SHIT U AINT EVER IN!!!!! PS SUCK A DICK

  • lostgyrl

    Sorry fellow readers… I didn’t mean to say mobb deep.. I meant M.O.P!!!

  • http://yahoo.com CLASSco.KID

    shit, when a rapper shows real colours, he or she gets locked up. by the time shes gets out she’ll be much stronger but for now the ma gots alot of time to plan on gettin paper longer stay up baby…

  • 92FS

    *long low whistle* mmm mm mm! Would’ve been better if Remy Ma would’ve knuckle up and have that chick “Knighted”.

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  • k turner

    she should have got life

  • http://aol detiny

    yo remy ma is the best girl rapper she a caption G

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  • Ghost Deini

    I don’t think remy was a thug. But of course you’re gonna deny what you rap about. As if she would go to the judge and say “all my raps are reality”. He’d lock you up for you life. This isnt about street cred. It’s about life. Use your head, asshole.

  • MOE

    LIL KIM SAYS “CAREER OVER! CHECKMATE BITCH…BUT AT THE SAME TIME PORKY AND THE PIGS SHOULD HAVE WENT DOWN FOR THE MURDER OF SEAN BELL. FUCKING PIIIGS!

  • MOE

    WEAPONS CHARGES CARRY A STIFF PENALTY BECAUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT WANTS CIVILIANS UNARMED SO THAT THEY ARE EASIER TO CONTROL. BY HAVING THESE WEAPON LAWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AVERAGE CITIZENS WHO ARE UNARMED. UNARMED= DEFENSELESS AND UNABLE TO PROTECT YOURSELF THEREBY GIVING COPS THE UPPER HAND. THATS WHAT THE PIGS WANT.