Grammy-nominated rapper was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday, May 13 for shooting a female acquaintance outside an N.Y.C. nightclub. The sentence stemmed from a July 14, 2007 incident during which Ma fired a shot toward a childhood acquaintance, identified as Makeda Barnes Joseph, outside of a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood upon suspected that she had stolen $3,000 from her purse.
Was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion, Ma initially faced a maximum 25 years in prison. Being sentenced to eight years behind bars, she begged the judge for leniency for the sake of "my little boy," blamed her difficult childhood which forced her to grow up "surrounded by failure, violence and poverty," but "made something out of nothing" from her life, for the shooting.