Back in 2015 Jimmy Winfrey allegedly shot at Lil Wayne’s tour bus. Now he’s taking a guilty plea deal to ensure his early release from prison.
Winfrey, better known as rapper Pewee Roscoe, originally faced 10 years for 27 criminal charges, including RICO and aggravated assault for shooting at Lil Wayne’s tour bus. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2018 after a judge reportedly threatened extra time if Winfrey didn’t take a plea deal. While Winfrey still has to pay $100k in damages, the prosecution is dropping all but two charges and letting him out early for time already served. His release is currently pending several other unrelated outstanding warrants.
Prosecutors originally claimed Birdman and Young Thug as co-conspirators in the shooting but never sought charges against them. They even went as far as using Young Thug’s music video for “Halftime” as evidence, in which Winfrey can be seen holding an assault rifle. The original indictment also uses phone records to claim that Winfrey was in close contact with Thug and Birdman before and after the shooting. Alvin Lewis, the bus driver during the incident, claims Thug and Birdman struck secret deals to avoid prosecution. Birdman denies any involvement, while Thug has not commented on the matter outside of tweeting “Free Roscoe.”
Lol lil Wayne was performing his CoCo freestyle and birdMan threw a cup of liquor on him 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/131VZVtthi
— Three Ohh!!! 👌🏾 (@3ohblack) July 13, 2015
The shooting took place after a tumultuous year between Wayne and his former mentor/father figure Birdman. In January, Wayne sued Birdman and his label, Cash Money, for $51 million and freedom from his record contract. Wayne claimed that Birdman withheld the release of his long-awaited album, The Carter V, in favor of pushing promotion for the new Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan supergroup, Rich Gang. Tensions further flared when Young Thug tried to name his April 2015 album Tha Carter 6, before eventually renaming it Barter 6. Birdman was also filmed throwing a drink at Lil Wayne during a performance in Miami.
According to the original indictment, Thug and Wayne were each performing in each other’s hometowns on the night of the shooting. Thug, however, “was shouted off the stage in New Orleans with the crowd chanting for Lil Wayne.” Soon after, police nearly arrested Winfrey for illegal possession of an assault rifle. Fearing an imminent attack due to Winfrey’s employment as Young Thug’s tour manager at the time, police provided Wayne’s tour bus with a security escort. Once the escort ended, however, Winfrey allegedly fired at the bus with two handguns before fleeing to Miami and eventually turning himself in.
Lil Wayne is obviously either oblivious to the situation or could care less. Over the weekend he dropped a new song with 2 Chainz and posted selfies to his girlfriend’s Instagram that had her drop a drooling emoji.