Rap star faces Federal gun charge


July 14, 2003, 09:10 PM

Rapper Beanie Sigel jailed on federal gun charge

The Associated Press
7/14/2003, 6:21 p.m. ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal magistrate called gold-selling rapper Beanie Sigel "a danger to the community" Monday and ordered him held without bail while he awaits trial on gun, assault and attempted murder charges.

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Sigel, who was referred to in court by his birth-name, Dwight Grant, didn't testify and didn't speak during the brief hearing in U.S. District Court. His mother sobbed as he was led off in handcuffs.

The order came despite pleas from Grant's music-business mentor, hip-hop performer and promoter Jay-Z, who took the stand to ask that Sigel be allowed to remain free and continue touring this summer.

Sigel was between shows on Jay-Z's "Roc the Mic" tour when he was arrested on charges that he shot a man twice outside a Philadelphia strip club on July 1 .

The victim's heart stopped beating in the ambulance, but he was revived and is recuperating, although he has a fractured vertebrae that prevents him from walking without a brace, prosecutors said.

The shooting is the latest in a litany of charges against Sigel, including an alleged assault in January that broke a bone in a man's face and an April arrest for allegedly tossing a loaded, stolen gun into the street following a high-speed police chase. Police said he was carrying dozens of prescription painkillers, a bag of marijuana and two bottles of cough medicine when he was caught.

Federal authorities asked a magistrate to detain Sigel based on that gun case. The other charges remain in state court.

Friends and relatives packed a small federal courtroom Monday to offer Sigel their support.

Jay-Z, who also used his birth-name — Sean Carter — in court, spoke only a few words on Sigel's behalf, and mostly described his protege's talent. He recalled how he took the Philadelphia-born rapper under his wing after hearing him rhyme in a record studio in 1997.

"I signed him the week after that, which is very rare in the music business," he said.

Under questioning from Magistrate M. Faith Angell, he acknowledged that if Sigel was released, he couldn't be with him at all times to guarantee that Sigel wouldn't flee or get into further trouble.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis Douglas said Sigel had "terrorized Philadelphia," even as his career took off, and scoffed at the suggestion that Grant's business associates and fellow performers could supervise him adequately if he were freed.

"They didn't do it before. The government's contention is they will not do it for him in the future," he said.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Sigel would face three to four years in prison if he is convicted on the gun charge. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said Sigel would "vigorously defend" himself against all the charges.

Perri said that even though Sigel, 29, has been arrested eight times in his life, and has been convicted of assault and drug possession, he could be trusted not to flee. He said he would consider appealing Angell's decision.

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July 14, 2003, 09:27 PM
Just because he has talent, doesn't necessarily mean he has brains to go with it. If the current flock of rappers, movie stars, etc. is any example. JMHO


July 14, 2003, 09:35 PM
Just because he has talent

You don't, er...you know...REALLY mean that do you? :p

July 14, 2003, 09:37 PM
Rap star faces Federal gun charge

That's about as newsworthy as Rosie going back for thirds...:rolleyes:

July 14, 2003, 09:37 PM

July 14, 2003, 10:07 PM
That's about as newsworthy as Rosie going back for thirds...


David Park
July 14, 2003, 10:40 PM
I don't like the headline. Even though he was technically detained on the gun charge, I think the attempted murder and assault charges are more relevant to his being "a danger to the community."

But that's just me.

July 14, 2003, 11:19 PM
well having a benie sigel album....i woudlnt say pure talent :D. But doesnt really suprise me. thing is, stars cant even carry anymore. they get caught they get their name plastered everywhere, be it legal carry or no. yea our brightest of mcnair getting caught drunk with his carry piece.... oh well

Monte Harrison
July 15, 2003, 01:44 PM
By DAVID B. CARUSO Glad to see David Caruso getting work since his TV career tanked. Really liked him in NYPD Blue.

July 15, 2003, 02:04 PM
time in jail. :cuss:
So he might become a great inmates's entertainer.

July 15, 2003, 02:37 PM
What? A Rapper breaking the law? Maybe he can rap about his further adventures in jail!

50 Freak
July 15, 2003, 02:46 PM
If you and I pulled the same stunt as this guy, we would be having our ???? enlarged right now in prison.

No special treatment :cuss: :cuss:

July 15, 2003, 10:27 PM
Famous+money=slap on the wrist

Very few famous people EVER go to jail, espc Rap Stars.

I bet he will get fined, public service, and probation.

Look at Eminem..he brandish a weapon, pointed and used it as a threat, and a few other things..and got away with a fine and a slap on the wrist.

Moron should have got prison..which is what any of us would have got if we did that.

4v50 Gary
July 15, 2003, 10:50 PM
Now he can 'rap in the trap! :cool: Perhaps he can conduct a talent search and contribute towards the rehabilitation of his fellow inmates or convicts (depending on where he gets housed). :D

Ala Dan
July 15, 2003, 11:15 PM
Lock his hind-end up and throw the damn key away!:D

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

July 16, 2003, 12:55 AM
If he dont go to jail this will boost his sales alot..I listen to rap music but never really liked his style...

Eminem got caught with a unloaded pistol and pistol-whipped somebody for kissing his wife and got years of probation on his first offense.I feel the 2 incidents are totally different..

But like most are saying if it was me or you that did this we be in the cell with Bubba..
I really hate to see these people doing this crap especially people who are looked at in the public eye...

It makes us responsible gun owners look bad..

July 17, 2003, 02:12 AM
He is a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A federal offense.

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