News: Remy Ma’s Appeal Over 2008 Assault Conviction Denied

Former Fat Joe protégé Remy Ma’s appeal for her 2008 conviction on assault was denied on Thursday as the New York Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the original decision.

According to the The Associated Press, the court struck down the argument that the judge in the rapper’s case failed to properly inform jurors of pertinent details before the group reached a verdict.

The 29-year-old artist, who was born Reminisce Smith, remains behind bars serving out the rest of her eight-year sentence.

Three years ago, Remy Ma was found guilty of assault, weapons possession and coercion stemming from a July 2007 incident where an associate of the Bronx native was shot after an altercation between the pair.

In 2008, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for her role in the dispute.

The incident that landed Remy Ma behind bars began when she and Makeda Barnes-Joseph argued in a car over missing money after leaving a birthday celebration for a mutual acquaintance. The former Terror Squad star accused Barnes-Joseph of pocketing upward of $3,000 in cash. After a struggle between two women, the rapper shot Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen and then fled the scene.

Remy Ma’s attorney, Ivan Fisher, told the jury during the trial that the women’s hands hit the rearview mirror of Barnes-Joseph’s car during the tussle, resulting in the gun discharging.

“There is no other explanation for why Remy Smith would have chosen that unique moment in time to shoot her,” Fisher explained at the time.

Remy Ma released her debut album, There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, in 2006. She married fellow MC Papoose while imprisoned in 2008.

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