| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was
convicted of assault, weapons possession and coercion on
Thursday for shooting a woman in the abdomen in a dispute about
money in New York.
The New York State Supreme Court jury cleared her of
charges of gang assault, witness tampering, witness
intimidation and assault in a separate incident in which her
associates are accused of beating up the boyfriend of a
The artist, whose real name is Remy Smith, was taken into
custody after the verdict was read. She faces five to 25 years
Prosecutors said Smith shot Makeda Barnes-Joseph after a
night out in New York last year, thinking she had taken $3,000
from her purse.
Barnes-Joseph testified during the two-week trial that
Smith was angry and carrying a black and silver gun when she
entered the driver's side of her car about 3:30 a.m. on July
Smith's gun went off as the two struggled over
Barnes-Joseph's purse and the bullet pierced her colon and hit
her rectum. Barnes-Joseph spent three weeks in the hospital.
Smith's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, called the shooting accidental
and suggested Barnes-Joseph was exaggerating the facts to win a
large sum in a separate civil suit.
"We're extremely disappointed with the verdict relating to
the assault charges," Fisher told reporters outside the
courthouse. "Remy was looking forward to complete vindication.
Regrettably, it was only partial."
Remy Ma was nominated for a 2004 Grammy for her part in
Terror Squad's song "Lean Back."
(Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)