James Rosemond

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James Rosemond
Born James Rosemond
(1965-02-05) February 5, 1965 (age 49)
Criminal charge
Drug trafficking,[1] obstruction of justice and possessing and using firearms[2]
Criminal penalty
Life imprisonment[1][3]
Criminal status Incarcerated
Children James Rosemond, Jr.

James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond (sometimes spelled Jimmy Henchmen[4][5]) (born February 5, 1965)[6] is an American former businessman involved in the rap music industry and convicted drug trafficker.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

James J. Rosemond was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1965 and is of Haitian descent.[8]

Entertainment career[edit]

Circa 1996 Rosemond founded Henchmen Entertainment, the company that would later become the rap management company Czar Entertainment.[9] He was the CEO of Czar Entertainment,[10] when it managed The Game, Sean Kingston, Brandy, Gucci Mane, Salt-n-Pepa and Akon.[11][12] He was a known figure in the hip hop music industry, described in a 2012 The New York Times article as "a prince at the royal court, whose ties to rap music’s biggest stars were known far and wide."[13] Rosemond was behind Salt-n-Pepa's "Shoop"[14] and he was The Game's manager during a feud with 50 Cent when The Game recorded the diss track "300 Bars and Runnin'"[11] In 2006, Henchman and 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) settled a lawsuit regarding a DVD that Czar Entertainment released about 50 Cent's namesake, Kelvin "50 Cent" Martin, in which interviews with Jackson were alleged to have been inappropriately used. In the settlement, a charity was created with funds going to support Martin and his children.[15]

Criminal charges and conviction[edit]

Drug trafficking, money laundering and witness tampering convictions[edit]

In June 2011, he was arrested on charges of cocaine trafficking, money laundering, and witness tampering. Rosemond went on trial in May 2012, represented by Gerald Shargel.[16]

Rosemond sought to reach a Cooperating Plea Agreement. In October, Rosemond admitted to drug trafficking. However, while he was in jail, Rosemond was found in possession of a working cell phone and was found to have exchanged text messages with his brother Mario, a fugitive, so the plea offer was taken back by the prosecution.[17] Shargel said at trial that Rosemond was framed.[18]

On June 5, 2012, Rosemond was convicted in Federal District Court in Brooklyn of drug trafficking, obstruction of justice, firearms violations and other financial crimes associated with his position as head of a multi-million-dollar transnational cocaine-selling organization.[19] At trial, it was alleged that Rosemond led the large scale, bi-coastal narcotics-trafficking organization that transported cocaine from Los Angeles, California to the New York metropolitan area. The group, known as the "Rosemond Organization," in turn shipped cash proceeds from the narcotics sales back to Los Angeles using a variety of methods as part of its operation. Millions of dollars in cash and narcotics were sent through Federal Express and United Parcel Service, often covered in mustard to avoid discovery by detection dogs.[20] In the indictment, prosecutors noted that Rosemond made over $11 million a year since 2007 through his drug trafficking scheme.[21]

On October 25, 2013, Rosemond was sentenced to life imprisonment.[1][7][22] As part of his sentence, Rosemond forfeited approximately $14 million in cash and property.[20] United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch said that Rosemond's carefully crafted image as a music mogul was in reality "a cover for the real Jimmy Rosemond - a thug in a suit."[22] Presiding judge John Gleeson remarked that he would have sentenced Rosemond to life even if it were not legally required as his crimes were "astonishing in their breadth, duration and intensity." [22]

Murder for hire[edit]

In June 2012, Rosemond was charged with four crimes[23] in connection with the death of G-Unit affiliate Lowell "Lodi Mack" Fletcher, including murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit murder.[24] Rosemond is alleged to have arranged a murder as payback for the alleged assault on his son by G-Unit member Tony Yayo.[25] The trial began on February 10, 2014 in a New York[26] federal court.[23] More than 35 witnesses testified at the trial. Closing arguments finished on March 4, 2014.[23] The jury deliberations resulted in a hung jury on the four counts for both Rosemond and co-defendant Johnson. [27] Rosemond came before a jury again in December 2014 and on December 11 the jury found him guilty on all charges for the murder of Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Rosemond has a son, James Rosemond, Jr., with Cynthia Reed of Staten Island.[29]

In 2008, the LA Times retracted and apologized for a story which had alleged that Rosemond had been involved in a criminal event.[30] The story was based on documents created by a person convicted of fraud that had been falsely believed to be from an FBI file.[30]


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  30. ^ a b Rainey, James (April 7, 2008). "Times retracts Shakur story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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