New Jersey – Charly “Max B” Wingate, 37, allegedly murdered his cellmate for attempting to rape him according to reports.
According to officials at the New Jersey State Prison housing Max B, “Wingate was lying down on the bottom bunk around 8:15 p.m. His cellmate, Rahim Taylor, came down from the top bunk and yelled to Wingate, “open up sweet cheeks”. Wingate quickly turned around and struck Taylor in the jaw. Both got into a scuffle, before Wingate pulled out a handmade shank, stabbing Taylor multiple times.”
Wingate was immediately placed into solitary confinement as the prison investigates the situation. Taylor was transported immediately to the prison infirmary where he was pronounced dead. Officials at the prison indicated that Taylor was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and genital area.
As Wingate (Max B) was being placed into solitary, he yelled, “You know, every day is a fight for survival in here. This place ain’t no game. Everybody think just ‘cause you in prison, like, you know, n**gas trying to test me. I ain’t having it.. Biggavell is too wavy for that..”
The prison is currently investigating the incident.
What lead to Max B’s arrest:
According to authorities, Max sent his ex-girlfriend, Gina Conway, and his stepbrother Kelvin Leerdam, in 2006 to rob two men in a Holiday Inn, in Fort Lee, Northern New Jersey. On September 22, 2006, Conway and Leerdam ambushed Allan “Jay” Plowden in room 408 and restrained him with duct tape, while awaiting Plowden’s partner, David Taylor. Also in the room was Gissele Nieven. When Taylor arrived, he was immediately shot, point-blank, execution-style, in the head. He did not have any money on him.
The crew fled the scene, Plowden then alerted the hotel front desk of the murder. As police entered the room, Plowden was caught moving $30,000 out of the room. Plowden was later charged with money laundering and identity theft. One week later Conway, Leerdam and coordinator Max B were apprehended and charged.
On January 9, 2007 Max B was remanded to Bergen County Jail in New Jersey on a $2 million bail.
By June 6, 2009, he had been found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in the ongoing trial. On June 9, he was found guilty of murder conspiracy and robbery charges and faced up to 75 years. He was to be sentenced in Bergen County on July 30.
Max B was later sentenced to 75 years in prison on September 4, 2009. His mother, Sharon Wingate, and fellow rap artist French Montana said he plans to appeal his conviction. On March 19, 2010, Max B was granted an appeal with a new trial and lawyer.
In February 2012, rumors spread that Max’s request for an appeal had been denied, but it since has been cleared up as an internet/blog/Twitter rumor.
On August 30, 2012, Max’s appeal was denied and he is set to remain in prison to finish his 75-year incarceration. Max continues to seek a higher appeal. Rapper Jay-Z recently shouted out Max B in support in his Rick Ross and Dr. Dre collaboration “3 Kings.” He will be eligible for parole in 2042.