A 17-year-old mystery tied to the hip hop world, and one of its most notable figures may be ending following the release of a written confession made by a New York City inmate, who claims he robbed and shot late rapper Tupac Shakur and has proof of the crime.
Dexter Isaac, currently serving a life sentence at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn on unrelated crimes, has come forward claiming he was paid $2,500 by Czar Entertainment CEO James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to shoot and rob Shakur in 1994.
While Isaac released a statement to AllHipHop.com outlining his involvement in the incident, others remain skeptical of his credibility, calling Isaac a liar who is simply trying to shorten a lengthy prison sentence. Nonetheless, the New York City Police Department is taking Isaac’s confession serious. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said detectives plan to speak with Isaac.
If Isaac is being truthful, not only will we learn about all those involved in Shakur's first shooting, but more importantly, the 1996, 1997 murders of Christopher "Biggie" Smalls and Shakur. Isaac said he has knowledge of both, but refused to elaborate. Both shootings remain unsolved. In his June 2011 statement, Isaac said he decided to come forward because the statute of limitations expired on the assault, so no one can be criminally prosecuted, and to oust Rosemond as a liar.
To further solidify his claim, Isaac says he has proof he committed the robbery, the Associated Press reported. A chain that belonged to Shakur, stolen during the robbery, is still in Isaac’s possession, according to his statement. He added that Rosemond let him keep most of the jewelry taken from the robbery except for one diamond ring, which Rosemond kept for his then girlfriend, Cynthia Ried, the HuffigntonPost reported.
However, Rosemond’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, told the New York Daily News that Isaac's claim is a "flat-out lie" coming from a man who doesn’t want to die in prison and simply cannot be trusted. Rosemond is in hiding since federal authorities issued warrants for his arrest in May for his part in a cocaine distribution ring.
During the November 30, 1994 robbery and shooting, two men dressed in Army fatigues shot Shakur five times, then robbed him as he entered Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan. In the weeks and months that followed, the rapper blamed the shooting on everybody from Smalls to music mogul Sean Combs, Andre Harrell, a close friend, Randy "Stretch" Walker and Rosemond. In his song, "Against All Odds," Shakur suggested he knew Rosemond setup the robbery and shooting and even promised to "pay back Jimmy Henchman in due time".
Two years later, on September 7, 1996, after leaving the Mike Tyson–Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Shakur was shot several times by an assailant driving a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac as he and Suge Knight sat at a red light. Mortally wounded, but alive, the rapper was rushed to University Medical Center where he underwent a series of surgeries and was placed in a barbiturate-induced coma after trying to leave his hospital bed several times. Breathing through a respirator, and on life support, Shakur lived for six days, succumbing to his injuries on September 13, 1996 at 4:03 p.m. The official cause of death is noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds.