Lil' Kim guard gets 12 years for shooting

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Rapper Lil' Kim's bodyguard received a 12-year sentence for firing a machine gun at a rival rap group outside a New York radio station.

Manhattan Federal Judge Gerard Lynch handed down the sentence Wednesday to Suif Jackson, 34, for the bodyguard's role in the Feb. 25, 2001, shooting at the WQHT-FM Hot 97 Greenwich Village studio, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.


Jackson allegedly fired 20 to 22 shots from a Mac-11 .380-caliber submachine gun, injuring Efrain Ocasio, a member of a group affiliated with Brown called Murder Unit.

The judge said he doled out the tough sentence because Jackson, who pleaded guilty in June to a weapons charge, had an extensive criminal record.

Jackson's attorney Mark Goodman said his client acted in self-defense, but federal prosecutor Helen Cantwell said Jackson came to the radio station armed and ready for violence.

Lil' Kim is charged with lying to a grand jury and to police in the shooting.

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