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Commissioner Kelly: 'Not a Good Month for Jimmy the Henchman'

Talk about an understatement. It really, really has been a bad month, and an even worse year, for Jimmy the Henchman, also known as James Rosemond. Earlier this month, he was convicted of running a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring, reports The New York Times. Rosemond and his associates transported millions of dollars worth of cocaine across state lines in musical equipment cases. They would also cover the drugs in mustard to thwart detection.

And now, he's been indicted in a murder for hire plot, reports The Inquisitr. Not a good month indeed. At this rate, he'll be indicted for causing the worldwide financial crisis by the end of the summer.

The current murder charge, however, has legs. The victim of the murder plot was Lowell Fletcher, a 50 Cent/G-Unit associate. In 2008, he admitted to slapping Rosemond's son, reports Rap Basement. He was gunned down in 2009, two weeks after being released from prison.

Barely a year ago, alleged associates Rodney Johnson and Brian McCleod were charged with the murder. According to the indictment, provided by The Smoking Gun, Johnson planned the killing and McCleod agreed to carry it out in exchange for drugs.

Around that same time, Dexter Isaac, another alleged associate, confessed to shooting the single greatest musician of all time, (in the writer's opinion of course) Tupac Shakur, back in 1994. Though Tupac survived that shooting, he would eventually be murdered two years later in another shooting. Isaac, who is serving a life sentence, said that the shooting and robbery was done at Jimmy Henchman's request, reports AllHipHop.com.

The Isaac allegations, bogus or not, probably won't amount to much. The statute of limitations on the almost two decades-old shooting has long since passed. However, between whatever sentence Rosemond receives on the drug charges and whatever sentence he gets, if convicted of the murder plot, this is shaping up to be more than a bad month or year. It could be a bad couple of decades.

Murder for hire, whether the person charged is the trigger man or the one procuring the services, is chargeable as first degree murder in New York. It is punishable by up to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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