Rick Ross has reached a deal in his kidnapping and assault case stemming from an alleged assault on two employees back in June 2015.
The 41 year-old rapper appeared in a Fayetteville courtroom where he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault, in exchange for having felony charges dropped.
On Tuesday (April 4), the Maybach Music boss was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and sentenced to time served in jail. Ross and his bodyguard Nadrian Lateef James were sentenced to five years probation, which includes anger management classes, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The pair pleaded no contest to three counts of pointing a pistol at another person. In addition, Ross pleaded no contest to marijuana possession, and James to driving without a license.
In 2015, the rapper and his bodyguard Nadrian Lateef James were arrested for allegedly assaulting Ross’ groundskeeper Jonathan Zamudio. Ross was accused of holding Zamudio at gunpoint inside his Georgia home and pistol-whipping the man. The groundskeeper is said to have sustained neck and jaw injuries due to the attack.
Ross and James were indicted in March of 2016.
During court hearings, the MMG founder argued he attacked Zamudio in self-defense. Ross’ legal team claimed the victim was committing felonies on their client’s property, and he was within his rights to take action. Ross also filed a countersuit against Zamudio, claiming he fabricated the entire story and was conspiring with Ross’ rival 50 Cent.
On leaving the courtroom, Ross issued a short statement thanking the court, his family, and his fans.
— Julian Johnson (@JJohnsonCBS46) April 4, 2017