Lil' Kim to Get Out of Jail Early
FRIDAY JUNE 30, 2006 10:00AM EST
By Stephen M. Silverman
Lil' Kim at a Manhattan court in 2004 Photo by: Adam Rountree / AP
Lil' Kim, sentenced in September 2005 to a year and a day in prison for lying to a grand jury, will released Monday, the day before the Fourth of July.
"I am thrilled to be coming home," Lil' Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones) said in a statement issued Thursday by her rep, Tracy Nguyen. "I thank all my fans for all their letters, as well as my family and friends for all their support throughout the past 10 months."
After her release from Philadelphia Federal Detention Center on July 3 at 6 a.m., she will remain under house arrest for 30 days.
Backstage at Tuesday night's BET Awards, Lil' Kim's mother, Ruby, and brother Christopher announced that the rapper was scheduled for early release next week.
Lil' Kim, 30, was convicted
of lying to a federal grand jury about a shootout outside a Manhattan radio station and began her sentence on Sept. 19, 2005. Her entertainment lawyer, L. Londell McMillan, noted at the time that she could be released early for good behavior.
"We are pleased that Kim is coming home to start the next phase of her life," McMillan said in the statement issued Thursday. "She has accepted responsibility and handled herself in an exemplary manner."
Her case stemmed from a gun battle between Lil' Kim's entourage and rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga. One man was injured.
Lil' Kim told a jury that she hadn't seen two friends – who later pleaded guilty to gun charges – at the scene. But security photos showed one of the friends opening a door for her, and witnesses said they saw her at the station with both of them, the Associated Press reports.