Man jailed over shooting Lil Wayne tour bus has conviction overturned

Jimmy Winfrey was allegedly threatened by a judge with a harsher sentence if he passed on a plea deal.

July 02, 2018
Man jailed over shooting Lil Wayne tour bus has conviction overturned Lil Wayne attends Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas.   Ronald Martinez/Getty

Jimmy Carlton Winfrey will potentially face a retrial after his sentence for shooting at Lil Wayne's tour bus in 2015 was overturned, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

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Winfrey, a recording artist under the name Peewee Roscoe, pleaded guilty to shooting the bus after an incident in April 2015. He received a 10 year sentence but appealed the verdict in February of this year.

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in his favor on June 29 after discovering that a Cobb County judge had inferred to Winfrey that he would be sentenced to longer in prison if he passed on a plea deal. The court found that the judge’s comments rendered Winfrey’s guilty plea “involuntary.”

Winfrey will remain in jail until he faces a fresh trial or, potentially, agrees to a new plea deal.

Last month it was reported that Lil Wayne and Birdman had settled their legal issues in court, with Wayne walking away with a rumored eight figure settlement. Later this month he will headline New York's Panorama festival.

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