Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, a Manhattan federal jury convicted Rosemond, who once repped stars like Sean Kingston and Mike Tyson, on four counts of murder-for-hire, each of which carries a life sentence.
Rosemond, the founder of talent management company Czar Entertainment, was already serving two life sentences tied to separate drug and gun convictions, so a not guilty verdict would not have freed him from life in prison.
Still, he has long maintained that he never intended to kill Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher in 2009, and that he only hired men to shoot at Fletcher for his role in roughing up Rosemond’s 14-year-old son amid a long-running feud between 50 Cent’s G-Unit and a rapper Rosemond represented.
Prosecutors said Rosemond ordered the hit on Fletcher weeks after he emerged from prison for his role in roughing up Rosemond’s son as part of the ongoing feud between G-Unit and rapper Jayceon Terrell Taylor, also known as “The Game.”
The government presented numerous witnesses, including Brian “Slim” McCleod, who told the jury that he helped lure Fletcher to an isolated part of the Bronx to be killed.
It’s Rosemond’s third trial over the hit. The first trial resulted in a hung jury and the second resulted in a conviction, but a new trial was ordered by a federal appeals court.
Rosemond’s lawyers argued during the two-week trial that McCleod and others were only testifying against Rosemond to reduce their own jail sentences.
“There is absolutely no physical evidence in this case that proves Jimmy intended Lowell Fletcher to be killed instead of shot at,” Rosemond’s lawyer David Touger told the jury in closing remarks.
“We’re determined to appeal,” Touger told The Post of the verdict.