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Rapper gets 75 years for fatal NJ robbery

September 3, 2009 6:05:55 PM PDT
Rap artist Max B and his stepbrother have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for a deadly robbery at a northern New Jersey hotel. Max B - whose real name is Charly Wingate - was ordered Thursday to serve 75 years. He was convicted in June of felony murder, armed robbery and other offenses in the September 2006 robbery in Fort Lee.

Co-defendant Kelvin Leerdam received a life term plus 35 years after jurors found he fatally shot one of the victims.

Prosecutors say the defendants and Wingate's ex-girlfriend - who took a plea deal and testified against them - plotted to rob two men she had recently met.

Wingate and Leerdam, both from Harlem in New York City, went to the victims' hotel room and demanded money before Leerdam shot one of the men.

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