Max B Found Guilty Of Manslaughter


Former Dipset affiliate Max B was found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery Tuesday (June 9) after a judge ruled over the case in a New Jersey courtroom.

According to the rapper’s attorney, Gerald Saluti, Max B (born Charles Wingate) was found guilty on nine of the 11 counts he was facing. The charges stem from a theft that involved the rapper, Kelvin Leerdam and Max’s former girlfriend Gina Conway. Conway eventually turned state’s evidence against the men.

Max B was accused of leading the trio to steal upward of $30,000 from two men. The incident went awry, however, when Leerdam allegedly shot one of the men.

Conway testified in the case that Max B wasn’t present at a hotel room he rented at the time of the crime. The rapper’s attorney spoke to MTV News on Tuesday and expressed frustration about Conway’s testimony.

“They found him guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery. There’s a very specific definition of robbery, by force,” Saluti explained. “Then they found him guilty of aggravated manslaughter, instead of unintentional murder. The theory on which they convicted him leads to conspiracy.

“It’s boggling,” Saluti continued. “The witness [Conway] said the plan wasn’t to rob but to go in there and steal money with no one there.”

Saluti previously filed a motion on Max’s behalf to separate his case from Leerdam’s since the second man was allegedly believed to be the shooter. The attorney said he feels his client should be facing lesser charges based on the evidence presented. He has filed an appeal with the court, and a motion should be made within 10 days, Saluti said.

Sentencing for Max B is set for July 31.

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