Many might remember the Strong Island rapper for introducing Nicki Minaj to her former manager Debra Antney, helping her reach success.
Strong Island MC Frenchie was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday (April 6) after jury conviction on charges stemming from a botched burglary. Moreover, the specific charges include two violent felonies: three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary. Not only that, but the 37-year-old, real name Gregg Hogan, will also serve five years of post-supervision after jail time according to Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierny. Furthermore, many might recognize his name for introducing Nicki Minaj to her former manager Debra Antney. As such, he has a unique connection to one of rap’s biggest stars.
However, Frenchie went through hard times, having survived multiple gunshot wounds including one to his neck. Unfortunately, it seems like that hard life didn’t elude him. According to Patch, Frenchie engaged in robbery with three other men. These are Miguel Ruiz, Hakim Muhammad, and Donte Thomas. From what reports indicate, they kicked in a house door to rob it. What’s more is that they carried guns, thinking it would be a money and weed stash property. Turns out there was a whole family inside.
Frenchie Facing Time For Failed Robbery
Moreover, the recording artist encountered a mother, father, and autistic teenage son, whom were all asleep at the time of the invasion. D.A. Tierny claimed that Frenchie and his cohorts told the victims to lie face down as they searched the home. When the teenage son did not respond, one of the men allegedly struck him with his pistol. As a result, he bore facial cuts and bruises when police arrived at the scene. “The pistol-whipping of an innocent autistic young man in a failed home invasion is among the most outrageous crimes we have prosecuted,” the D.A. stated. “Hopefully, this defendant’s conviction and significant prison sentence provides the victims with some sense of relief and security.”
Meanwhile, Frenchie’s defense team maintained that he did not participate in the robbery or serve as the getaway driver, as the prosecution claims. “He was sitting in the car,” his attorney Anthony Scheller expressed after the sentencing. “I argued to [Supreme Court Justice Timothy P. Mazzei] that he didn’t tie anyone up, he didn’t have a gun, [and] he didn’t pistol whip anybody.” Also, Scheller hinted that the 37-year-old will likely seek appeal. For more updates on this story and Frenchie, check back in with HNHH.