|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1982|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 2005|
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault on Tuesday, stemming back to a planned ambush of a man outside his home.
The 23-year-old Philly native, real name: Barry Reese, supplied the guns that killed Desmond Hawkins, 22, and wounded two of his companions during a shootout. Police said that four different guns, including an assault rifle, were involved in the April 15 shooting in an alley behind Cassidy's house in his Cedarbrook neighborhood. Cassidy and his associates had stashed the guns around the alley earlier in expectation of an altercation, prosecutors said.
Witnesses testified that Hawkins had gone to Cassidy's home to act as a peacemaker after Hawkins and his friends got in an argument with Cassidy and his friends earlier that day.
"It's a tragic situation for me too," Cassidy told the judge. "I didn't set up for this to happen. Desmond Hawkins was my friend ... one of my closest friends."
After a two-day non-jury trial, Cassidy was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison, but according to defense attorney Fortunato Perri, he will get seven months' credit for time already served since June 2005. Cassidy will then be eligible for parole.
DESMOND T HAWKINS 26 Jul 1982 15 Apr 2005 (P) (72) (none specified) 178-64-9438 Pennsylvania
Created by: Sandra Tyler Duncan
Record added: Oct 11, 2006
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