Chicago rapper and OTF affiliateRondoNumbaNine was sentenced to 39 years in prison yesterday (July 5) for the crime of murdering a jitney cab driver back in 2014.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that 19-year-old Rondo, real name Clint Massey, was officially sentenced today in Cook County District Court following his conviction of first-degree murder of driver Javan Boyd. 29-year-old Boyd was murdered on Feb. 22, 2014 when the gunmen approached his car while he was waiting for a passenger. Prosecutors said the men asked Boyd if he was from the neighborhood and fired multiple rounds into the vehicle from the passenger side. Boyd was pronounced dead two hours after being taken to the hospital. The Chicago Housing Authority got the incident on video surveillance and eye witnesses pinpointed Rondo as being at the scene of the crime.
Rondo and fellow rapper Cdai were in the group of men who approached and shot at Boyd's vehicle. Cdai received his sentence of 38 years for the same crime earlier this year back in May. RondaNumbaNine was just 17 years old at the time of his arrest while Cdai was 19.
While Cdai was officially signed to Fredo Santana's Savage Squad Records, Rondo was still an up-and-comer in the Chicago rap scene before this 2014 murder. As a friend of Chi-Town export Lil Durk, the rapper dropped the video for his biggest song to date, "Hang Wit Me", back in 2013.
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Massey and an unnamed co-offender drove to the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue around 4 a.m. that day, looking to retaliate against an unidentified individual for an earlier altercation, Mack said.
Boyd, 28, who worked for a South Side dispatch service, was sitting in his car waiting for a passenger when Massey and the co-offender approached the passenger side door, Mack said.
Witnesses saw Massey and the co-offender shoot into the vehicle with handguns, according to Mack.
A portion of the incident was captured on video, Mack said, and Massey's fingerprint was found on Boyd’s car.
Boyd was shot seven times, Mack said.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
YouTube videos under Massey's “RondoNumbaNine” stage name include “Life of a Savage,” with more than 420,000 views, and “Shooters,” which has been viewed more than half a million times.
Boyd’s family members declined to comment Sunday on Massey’s arrest and charges, but some family last month described Boyd as a “good boy” who was trying to make a living to support his fiancee and 11-year-old daughter.
“He was a good child,” said his aunt Trina Boyd, who became Javan Boyd’s guardian in 1994 after his mother and three younger siblings were killed in a fire at the Robert Taylor Homes housing development.
“He didn’t have no enemies that I know of,” Trina Boyd said in February. “He was my baby.”
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