Aspiring rapper/singer Max B was sentenced to 75 years in prison for a botched robbery in 2006 that resulted in a death.
In almost every article or interview that I’ve read everyone seems to be impressed at how Max B kept in good spirits. The Harlem native who’s serving his 75-year prison sentence on murder conspiracy and robbery charges always held onto hope that he would be released after appeal. Max would then be able to pick up where he left off and deliver more music to his fans.
In February of this year false reports surfaced that Max B’s appeal had already been denied, when in fact it was still ongoing. Max has remained positive. It is especially interesting to note that in June 2012 during an interview with Statik Selektah’s ShowOff Radio Max was in a good mood. He had this to say:
“I’m about to touch down real soon,” Max B said. “I come home, I’m on my contract situation, so yeah, there’s definitely going to be a Max Biggavel album. I’m gonna give ya’ll a couple Max Biggavel albums. I’m always going to be me and be in my own box, my own category. I’m second to none, I’m one of a kind. When I hit the town, I just can’t wait to get back into the studio. Ya’ll are gonna be thrilled.
“I’m trying to set my business straight, handle everything,” he continued, “get all my stuff in order because my shit was all over the place.”
In February of this year false reports surfaced that Max B’s appeal had already been denied, when in fact it was still ongoing.
Max B received some pretty devastating news days ago. According to NorthJersey.com the Superior Court Appellate Division panel upheld the conviction and sentences in a detailed 52-page opiniona. Charly Wingate [Max B] was given the maximum sentence for his involvement in the robbery.
For those who are unfamiliar with the specifics of the Max B situation NorthJersey.com reports it like this:
Charly Wingate, better known in the hip-hop world as “Max B,” was convicted after Bergen County prosecutors argued during a trial in Hackensack that he deployed his stepbrother, Kelvin Leerdam, and his girlfriend, Gina Conway, to the Holiday Inn on Route 4 to commit the robbery.
The two targets of the robbery, David Taylor and Allan Plowden, had been seen a few days earlier in Harlem in September 2006, driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz and showing off lots of cash.
Plowden testified during the trial that he had obtained the money from a mortgage and credit-card scheme before being arrested himself. He was an inmate in a federal prison when he testified at the 2009 trial.
Conway, who pleaded guilty for her role and testified against Wingate and Leerdam, said she met Plowden in Harlem and that he took her to a Mahwah hotel. She said she later told Wingate that Plowden had lots of cash, and Wingate devised a robbery plan, enlisting Conway as the bait and Leerdam as the muscleman.
The next day, Plowden was staying at the Holiday Inn in Fort Lee. Conway testified that she and Leerdam went to the hotel and confronted Plowden in his room, where he was being entertained by a prostitute. When they couldn’t find any money in his room, they ordered him to call Taylor, who was in a different room, she said. Plowden called Taylor, who arrived at the room a few minutes later, only to be shot point-blank in the face by Leerdam, prosecutors said.
Conway and Leerdam fled with less than $1,000 cash, a laptop and a few other belongings. They were arrested a few days later and charged with murder, armed robbery and kidnapping. Wingate was charged as an accomplice although he was not at the scene.
Both Wingate and Leerdam were convicted in the trial, and Leerdam is now serving a sentence of life plus 35 years. Conway received a 15-year sentence as part of her plea deal.
Wingate and Leerdam appealed their conviction, alleging trial errors and prosecutorial missteps. They also argued that the trial judge erred in imposing excessive sentences.
The Superior Court Appellate Division panel, however, upheld their convictions and sentences in a detailed 52-page opinion on Thursday.
I remember watching Max on the dvd’s. He always had a lively personable spirit. I have so many mixed emotions about the whole situation that I wouldn’t even try explain it. I hope the impressionable public is paying attention.