Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
2/21/2005 8:56:56 AM
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Hillary Weston, long time business adviser for Queen Bee/Atlantic recording rap artist Lil’ Kim pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, stemming from a federal investigation involving the infamous shooting outside New York City radio station Hot 97.
Her lawyer, Michael Bachner, stated yesterday that Weston agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of passport fraud as part of a plea to avoid more serious charges, which included an alleged destruction of records that were sought by federal authorities.
“She admitted that she made a reservation for Damion Butler to travel outside the country knowing that he had an illegal passport,” Bachner stated to Newsday. “She understood what she did was wrong.”
The recent plea will narrow Lil Kim's co-defendants to only her personal assistant, Monique Dopwell who are both expected to begin the trial on February 28.
Two other members of the rapper’s entourage, Suif Jackson and Damion Butler were arrested and indicted on criminal charges in relation to a broad daylight shootout.
Prosecutors claimed that Jackson and Butler were armed with guns and were involved in a confrontation with “rival group” Capone-N-Noreaga, igniting the shoot-out that left one man seriously wounded.
Jackson has since pleaded guilty to the shooting and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In fashion, Butler pleaded guilty in January and awaits
Jones and Dopwell are charged with conspiring to commit perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to derail a federal probe.
As of press time, phone calls to Kim’s label, Atlantic Recording Corporation were unreturned in relation to the matter.
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