Admitting he sprayed a rival rap group with machine-gun bullets, Suif Jackson gets time

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 23, 2004 08:00 AM
Credit: Adam Rountree/AP

A bodyguard for Lil’ Kim was sentenced to 12 years behind bars Wednesday after admitting firing a gun at least 20 times in a 2001 shootout outside a New York hip-hop radio station as part of a feud between the rapper and rival star Foxy Brown.

The bodyguard, Suif Jackson, 34, previously had been convicted of five felony charges, including four involving guns and three involving violence, say news reports.

U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch ordered Jackson, who plea bargained rather than face attempted-murder charges, to complete a state-prison sentence due to end Aug. 7, 2006, before beginning his federal term. The state sentence was for an unrelated crime, the Associated Press reports.

“You brought a machine gun on to the streets of New York,” the jurist told Jackson, according to the New York Post. “Maybe Congress thinks it’s okay to send semi-automatic weapons (on to the streets), but I don’t think it extends to machine guns.”

Authorities said the shooting, which left one man wounded, took place as Lil’ Kim’s entourage was leaving Hot 97 station WQHT while the entourage of rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga was arriving.

Lil’ Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is awaiting a February trial on charges that she lied to a grand jury investigating the incident.