Rapper McKinley Phipps Jr., who has been imprisoned for 21 years for a crime he claims he did not commit, may soon be granted clemency following a Louisiana parole board’s unanimous vote that he be released.
Phipps, known to hip-hop fans as “Mac,” was convicted in 2001 of manslaughter in the shooting of 19-year-old concertgoer Barron “Bookie” Victor Jr. at a nightclub in St. Tammany Parish. Phipps’ legal team has battled to commute his 30-year sentence after a series of investigative reports from former HuffPost reporter David Lohr exposed flaws in his conviction. At the time of the Feb. 21, 2000, shooting, Phipps was a 22-year-old rising star with No Limit Records. He was at Club Mercedes in Slidell to perform when Victor was shot and killed. Phipps has been behind bars ever since.
The Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole recommended on Feb. 22 that Phipps be made eligible immediately for parole. It now goes to the desk of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) for sign-off. If approved, Phipps will need to appear before the parole board one more time.
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