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Tru Life, Former Jay-Z Protégé, Faces Prison Time for NY Stabbing

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By James Norwood on February 25, 2011 5:48 AM

Rapper Tru Life, a former protege of Jay-Z, may have gained some street credibility but not in a good way. The rapper is facing eight years in prison for a New York stabbing that left one victim dead and another in critical condition.

Tru Life, real name Robert Rosado Jr., pled guilty to second-degree gang assault in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Christopher Guerrero, the New York Daily News reports.

Tru Life's brother, Marcus Rosado, pled guilty in the same case to manslaughter and faces 10 years in prison.

Both brothers were originally charged with murder, but plead guilty to lesser charges. Their attorneys plea bargained with the District Attorney to get the deals.

There was initially a question about just who stabbed the victims. Tru Life's brother came forward to accept responsibility.

So what is gang assault? In New York, a person is guilty of second-degree gang assault when a person, with intent to cause injury, aided by two or more people, causes serious physical injury to someone. Basically it's when someone taking part in gang activity assaults another person.

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