Former rapper No Limit after 21 years behind bars Mac will be coming home soon.
Friday (April 9), Nola.com reported that the 43-year-old rapper, born McKinley Phipps Jr., obtained mercy from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Despite the leniency granted, which allows a governor or president to pardon someone or commute their sentence, Mac will have to stay put until his parole hearing on June 22, where he will be given a release date. . “We are approaching the finish line to ensure Mac’s freedom,” Mac’s wife Angelique Phipps said in a statement. “We are grateful to Governor John Bel Edwards for granting his mercy and to those who supported him along the way.”
XXL reached out to Mac’s public relations team and the Louisiana governor’s office for comment.
Mac was originally arrested in 2000 and charged with second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Barron C. Victor, Jr. Mac and his family proclaimed his innocence in the ordeal, claiming he had only broken ‘a fight that led to the shooting of Victor, which occurred at the Mercedes Club in Sidell on February 21, 2000. In September 2001, Mac was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison at life.
A new investigation into the case in 2014, he revealed that Mac may have been innocent after Mac’s defense team presented evidence that another man allegedly confessed to the crime and a witness said he was persuaded to name the former 504 Boy as the shooter. In 2016, prosecutors in the case were accused of hiding evidence. Mac filed for leniency later that year, but was ultimately refused.
A ray of hope came in February of this year when the Louisiana Pardons Council and the agreed that Mac should be granted immediate parole eligibility.
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