Lil Wayne – Man That Allegedly Shot Up His Tour Bus, Has Conviction Overturned
A man that was accused of shooting up Lil Wayne’s tour bus in 2015 has had his conviction overturned. Reportedly, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned Jimmy Winfrey’s conviction on the grounds that he was pressured to take a plea deal. [Click here for the backstory].
Prosecutors state in April 2015 Young Thug was booed off stage in New Orleans, presumably by fans of Lil Wayne. Back in Atlanta, Lil Wayne was performing at Compound and prosecutors say Young Thug wanted to send him a message in response.
After the concert, court documents say Young Thug’s associates caught up with Lil’ Wayne’s tour bus and shot it with multiple bullets.
No one on board was injured. Police identified Jimmy Winfrey as the person responsible for the shooting. Winfrey was in a Young Thug’s music video, where he said if he ever pulled up to Lil’ Wayne, he would pop him in the noggin’.
Winfrey was in that same video, holding a gun. Police also say it was Winfrey’s car used in the drive-by shooting, and Winfrey was spotted trying to confront Lil’ Wayne before he got on the tour bus.
Young Thug denied any involvement in the situation.
Winfrey took a plea deal for 10 years, but the Georgia Supreme Court reversed that conviction Friday on the grounds that the trial judge bullied Winfrey into it. She threatened that she wouldn’t give him parole if he was found guilty, and said,
….my reputation is not that I’m an easy judge. I know it, you know it, the whole community knows it. So if that’s what you want to go up against, be my guest.
Winfrey’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, said,
The reversal means the case will be remanded to the trial court for Mr. Winfrey to essentially start the process anew. I’m certain the first order of business will be to seek a reassignment of the case to a different judge.