‘Lil Kim Claims She’s A ‘God-Fearing Good Person’
Who ya kidding Kim? But that comment, followed by admitting that she regretted lying to a federal grand jury, saved her from a tougher sentence than the 366 days she received.
The Grammy winner was sentenced to one year and one day for perjury and conspiracy — a term far less than the three years and seven months sought by prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said he had weighed the public perception of sending a young black entertainer to prison far longer than Martha Stewart, who spent five months in prison and remains under house arrest after a false statements conviction.
Lynch suggested Lil’ Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones) deserved more time because she had lied about a violent crime, not a white-collar scheme. He also noted that unlike Stewart, she took the witness stand at her trial earlier this year and repeated her lies. “You sat right next to me there and stared in the eyes of the jurors, and you tried to charm them and you tried to fake them out,” Lynch said.
But the judge also credited Lil’ Kim with returning to court Wednesday and admitting she had lied all along to protect members of her entourage. “At the time I thought it was the right thing to do, but I now know it was wrong,” she said, her voice breaking. Lil’ Kim said she wanted to “take complete blame” for the actions of her assistant, Monique Dopwell, who’s awaiting sentencing for the same crimes.
She also asked the judge “to consider my entire life’s work and not just the days in the grand jury and on the witness stand in the courtroom. I’m a God-fearing, good person.”