If you don’t know him by name, you might know the Dirty South’s Lil’ Boosie from joints like “Wipe Me Down”, “I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T.”, “The Way I Live” and on DJ Khaled’s “Out Here Grindin”. The Baton Rouge / LA rapper (real name Torrance Hatch) is no stranger to trouble with the law.
Boosie, who has remained incarcerated since November for a probation violation in September, plead guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge. Under a plea deal, a judge was expected to sentence him to ten years in prison with all but the first two years suspended, which would mean he would be eligible for parole in one year. But after Boosie violated the terms of the deal in November by leaving his house during confinement, the judge doubled the term.
But sh*t gets a lot deeper for Boosie than marijuana and violations. He is accused of being involved in the shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd in his own house in October in what prosecutors are calling a murder-for-hire case. District attorney Hiler Moore stated that the killing seemed to be “over turf” and that if Lil’ Boosie is convicted, the death penalty is not out of the question. On the very same day Boosie was also indicted on multiple drug-possession charges and for an alleged scheme to smuggle illicit substances into the jail where he is being held. It has been reported that Boosie, along with his girlfriend Walnita Decuir, 25, former corrections officer Joshua Wilson, 27, and fellow inmate Stacey Riley, 36, were all indicted on charges that they conspired to smuggle contraband — which included drugs such as codeine, marijuana, ecstasy and synthetic marijuana — into Dixon Correctional Institute, where Boosie is being held.
This has only got the ball rolling as the police are now in full investigation mode. In addition to these charges, prosecutors believe the 27-year-old rapper may have been involved in at least five other slayings. Two other men, Michael Louding and Adrian Pittman, were also indicted on similar charges earlier this month in connection with Boyd’s killing. In total, investigators are looking at six slayings over a 14-month period from the February 9, 2009, shooting death of local rapper Chris “Nussie” Jackson to an April 1 double-murder of two local men.
Boosie is not entitled to post bond on the first-degree murder charge and will remain incarcerated while that case moves forward. Moore declined to say how much money Boosie allegedly paid to have Boyd killed, who pulled the trigger or why Boyd was targeted. The prosecutor is going to ask the judge to revoke the deal and resentence Boosie to the original ten year term.
A district attorney said the death penalty was not out of the question for Boosie in the murder case. A spokesperson for the rapper could not be reached for comment at press time.
“I’m innocent,” said the rapper when asked if he has anything to say to his fans. However, his lyrics indicate otherwise. The track “I Know” carries violent and aggressive messages such as, “So put yo fist up in yo pockets and them bullets in the chamber” and “I’m itchin’ to kill; gimme a reason – I will. I’ll end up grippin’ a steal.” Boosie was in the midst of releasing his last album, “Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz”, during his last set of legal troubles, but a follow-up may be very far off on the horizon.
Treez Says: Every rapper’s job is to show how real he keeps it. Boosie keeps it a little too real!!! Like Dave Chapelle showed us…”Keepin’ it Real can go wrong”.