Calif. rapper faces life sentence for album lyrics

District Attorney's office says rapper's album promotes series of shootings that terrorized a neighborhood

By Police1 Staff

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A rapper who is a documented gang member will face attempted murder charges after releasing an album that the District Attorney’s office says promotes the crime.

ABC 13 reports that Tiny Doo, real name Brandon Duncan, is one of 15 defendants charged in a string of shootings that terrorized a neighborhood in San Diego.

Prosecutors admit he had no direct involvement in the shootings, but a little used law in California allows for the prosecution of gang members who benefit from crimes committed by fellow gang members.

They’re arguing that Duncan benefited from the shootings because his gang gained status, which gave him more street cred and thus allowing him to sell more records.

Duncan’s attorney called the law unconstitutional, since Duncan has no criminal record and nothing in his lyrics reference the shootings in question.

Duncan remains in jail in lieu of $1-million bail until his trial begins Dec. 4. If he’s convicted, he could face life in prison.

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