XXcLusive: Max B’s Lawyer Speaks On Rapper’s Conviction, “We’re Gonna Keep Fighting Until We Win”
Just moments after Max B was found guilty for his involvement in a deadly robbery in a New Jersey courtroom, XXLMag.com spoke to his attorney Gerald Saluti to find out the particulars of the verdict.
According to Saluti, Max faces life in prison after a jury convicted him of, “aggravated manslaughter, two counts of felony murder, three counts of armed robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.”
Max is currently being detained in Bergan County Jail awaiting sentencing, set for July 31. He is facing life behind bars.
Saluti explained his goal throughout the trial. “The state’s theory of the case was that Max conspired with this woman Gina Conway and his step brother Kevin Leerdam to commit a robbery,” Saluti told XXL. “It was our contention and it was our defense in the case that a) Gina Conway was a liar – which I think we held to be true through the course of the trial – but more importantly, if anything, the only thing that had been planned was a burglary and that Max had no knowledge that a gun or anything of that sort would be used.”
Yet Saluti feels the case was doomed from the start, due to the fact that Max was forced to be tried next to Leerdam, a man believed to have pulled the trigger in the botched robbery, killing David Taylor.
“Part of the original problem with the case was that the judge would not grant us a severance motion, so that Max had to get tried next to the person that they implied was the actual shooter in the case,” he said, “and that person being his step brother which obviously didn’t help factually. “
When asked how Max’s spirits are, Saluti responded that he is keeping his head up. “He said to me ‘I’ve had a great life, I’m gonna have a great life, we’ll get through this,” Saluti shared. “I think I was more down then he is.”
Saluti added that they were “both shocked by the verdict”but knew as soon as the jury convicted Llerdem of conspiracy to commit robbery, that Max would be found guilty.
Yet Saluti told XXL that he has already filed a motion for a judgment not withstanding the verdict – a precursor to asking for an appeal – assuring fans that “We’re gonna keep fighting and fighting until we win.”
Max has already served 8 years in jail, from 1997- 2005, for a seperate robbery charge. – Jesse Gissen