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Lil’ Kim to Be Sentenced Today

July 6, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Grammy-winning rap diva Lil’ Kim is finally learning her fate, four months after she was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 gun battle outside a Manhattan radio station.

Lil’ Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, could face up to 20 years _ five years each on three counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy _ at sentencing Wednesday.

While many rappers have served time in prison, she would be the first big-name female rapper to do so.

Lil’ Kim, who turns 30 next week, was the sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G. As a solo artist, she has become known for her revealing outfits and raunchy lyrics, and won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of ``Lady Marmalade.″

The rapper told the grand jury she did not notice two of her close friends at the scene of the shootout _ her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif Jackson, known as ``Gutta.″ Both have pleaded guilty to gun charges.

The gun battle happened outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil’ Kim’s entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. One man was hurt in the shootout.

Hot 97 is the same station where the posses of 50 Cent and The Game traded bullets in February.

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