The return of Wavie Crockett will no longer be a dream.
Despite being handed down a 75-year prison sentence in 2009 for a deadly armed robbery, Max B received a reduced sentence on Friday (September 16) that could see him out in 20 years.
According to the Associated Press, Max, born Charly Wingate, entered a plea deal with prosecutors for the sole charge of aggravated manslaughter and as part of the deal, he since been re-sentenced to 20 years, which cuts his original sentence by 55 years.
The Harlem-based rapper was convicted in June 2009 for felony murder, armed robbery and other offenses after a September 2006 robbery in Fort Lee. This original trial saw prosecutors stating that Wingate, co-defendant Kelvin Leerdam, and Wingate’s ex-girlfriend Gina Conway, who took a plea deal and testified against the men, plotted to rob two men at a Holiday Inn in New Jersey. According to authorities, Conway and Leerdam ambushed the man (Allan Plowden) and his partner (David Taylor), shooting the latter in the head. Max B was sentenced to a 75-year prison sentence in 2009 for felony murder, armed robbery and other offenses. Leerdam received a life term plus 35 years after jurors found he fatally shot one of the victims.
According to his attorney, John Latoracca, Wingate will just have to serve at least nine more years, unless his sentence is further reduced.
The news of Max’s reduced sentence turned into a celebration on social media. Wiz Khalifa, French Montana led fans into excitement after breaking the news.
Max B is coming home. Sentence got shortened. Looks like the Gang will be working wit the Wave.— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) September 16, 2016
Max B's PR team sent out a press release following the news, revealing that original charges on his 12-count indictment, which included first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and first-degree kidnapping, will all been dropped.
As a special message for fans, Max B himself, wrote the following:
"I would like to take this time to humbly express my gratitude to the Bergen County Courts, The Honorable James J. Guida, and Mr. Grewal of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for looking into my Post-Conviction Relief. This proceeding was not a question of my guilt or innocence, but about the bad advice, poor judgment, and overall ineffectiveness of my trial attorney. I would also like to thank my legal team at The Law Offices of Bruno & Ferraro; my wonderful attorneys John Bruno, John Bruno Jr., John Lotorocca, and Linda Peterson did an outstanding on my case and fighting for me.
I wanna thank The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. I wanna give a special thanks to my friend and partner Frank Babar and Phase One Network, William Cosgrove, Corey Whitaker, and The Playbook Agency. Without the support of the Phase One team, I wouldn’t have made it this far. I want to thank my boy Masar, Alpac, and my brother from another mother, French Montana aka Mac with the Cheese – I love you bro! Wave Gods till we die!!! To all my fans that been holding it down for me all these years, still banging my music and still keeping it wavy. I love you all and Stay Wavy. Last, but certainly not least, my lovely and wonderful mother Mamaveli, I love you!"
The Wave will continue.