By MARYCLAIRE DALE

(AP) Barry Reese, a rapper who goes by the name Cassidy, is shown in an undated photo released by the…
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault Tuesday in what prosecutors called the planned ambush of a man who had argued with the musician.

The 23-year-old Cassidy (real name: Barry Reese) was grossly negligent for supplying the guns that killed Desmond Hawkins and wounded two of his companions, Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan said at the end of a two-day non-jury trial.

Greenspan sentenced Cassidy to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison. He has been in custody since his arrest in June, meaning he could be out of jail within a few months.

“You could be a leader in the community,” Greenspan said. “All those guns – that’s why Desmond is gone now, because of all those guns.”

(AP) Barry Reese, a rapper who goes by the name Cassidy, is shown in an undated photo released by the…
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Police said that four different guns, including an assault rifle, were involved in the April 15 ambush in an alley behind Cassidy’s house. Cassidy and his associates had stashed the guns around the alley in expectation of a shootout, prosecutors said.

Witnesses testified that Hawkins, 22, had gone to Cassidy’s home to act as a peacemaker after Hawkins and his friends got in an argument with Cassidy and his friends.

“It’s a tragic situation for me too,” Cassidy told the judge. “I didn’t set up for this to happen. Desmond Hawkins was my friend … one of my closest friends.”

Cassidy’s debut CD, “Split Personality,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and featured the top 10 single “Hotel” featuring R. Kelly. Full Surface/J Records released the follow-up album “I’m a Hustla” on June 28.

Cassidy was convicted of one count of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor; two counts of aggravated assault, both felonies; and possession of an instrument of crime.

Hawkins’ companions, Bobby Hoyle and Daniel Irvin, were wounded in the shootout.

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2 Responses to “”

  1. Brownie Says:

    cass da bomb i asked my mum, she b saying he’s the dawn, ain’t even got lie coz he’ll put a gun to ur eye.

    JUST ALITTLE JOKE (not) he is a serious dude and am sure something went down and he happened to be apart of it and being the famous 1 did not help him coz the “po po” or they want is some1 the public can identify and every1 knows cass- RITE- WELL IF U DON’T UR L8888888888888T

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Cassidy shouldnt been convicted because they thought they were expecting a shoot out so he stashed the guns here you have to have a liscense what if he did its not his fault his friends took the guns and shot the barry reese other friends barry reese spent so may months in prison for no reason he should be paid back for that and its coming from my heart to say soory to desmond hawkins family for the loss but it all shouldnt be taken out on barry reese known as bars god agrees and is watchin over desmond hawkins

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