By Shayna Jacobs
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A New York rapper who was once signed to Jay-Z's label was sentenced to eight years in prison for his involvement in the killing of 20-year-old man.
Rapper Tru Life, whose real name is Robert Rosado, and his brother, Marcus Rosado, pleaded guilty last month in connection to the killing of Christopher Guerrero in the apartment building lobby of 330 East 26th St. on June 15, 2009.
Robert Rosado, 39, admitted to gang assault, and Marcus Rosado, 34, to manslaughter. They argued that Guerrero was not the intended target of the attack for which they were the only people charged. The men were involved in a fight that ended with Guerrero's death.
Marcus Rosado was sentenced ot 10 years in prison, and admitted to slashing Guerrero.
Tearful family members and friends of Guerrero's who were present at the sentencing on Wednesday expressed disappointment that the Rosado brothers didn't get longer prison sentences.
His brother, Jason Ramirez, said, "under 15 years is by no means acceptable, there are drug dealers that get more time," and said his family is deeply saddened that the other's involved in Guerreros's murder will not be brought to justice.
"We have ... heard that this was an accident when it clearly was not. Those cowards had a choice and they went with what they already planned on doing, which was to kill," the mourning sibling added when addressing the court on behalf of his family.
Tru Life is a former Roc-a-Fella records artist who grew up on the Lower East Side. The group he was with apparently chased and fatally stabbed th wrong person when they tried to track down another person they'd fought with at a club.
His lawyer, Alan Abramson, said he is "extraordinariy saddened" by what happened to Guerrero.