Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, a former record executive with ties to G-Unit and The Game, is currently serving multiple life sentences for multiple drug charges and his involvement in a 2009 murder-for-hire that resulted in the death of G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher. Rosemond has asked for a new trial, claiming that the prosecutions’s star witness, Henry Butler, received substantial benefits for his testimony.
In 2010, Butler and his wife Leah Daniels-Butler, the sister of Empire creator Lee Daniels, were charged with narcotics conspiracy and probation for ecstasy possession, respectively. In a press release, Rosemond claims that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky, who is currently running for State Senate in New York, made an offer to Butler to testify against Rosemond to get his sentence reduced. Butler served less than four years in prison.
The former music exec has also filed a complaint against Kaminsky with the U.S. Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility.
“The government and its prosecutor, now state senate candidate,Todd Kaminsky, used underhanded and unethical methods against me to secure my guilty verdict,” wrote Henchmen. “I have lost everything. All the money I made as a legitimate music industry businessman, and now my freedom. I feel that I was prosecuted to the extent to which I was, in large measure, because of my role in the Hip Hop industry and the ability of the government to gain so much notoriety on my case. Kaminsky and the government have taken my life, and now he is using it to run for senate. I guess ambition has no boundaries.”
Henchman and Butler have a history together. A 2013 report from the New York Daily News states that in December 2010, Butler was acting as an informant and his lawyer, Roger Rosen, sent notes from his client’s talks with prosecutors to Henchman, his brother Mario Rosemond and Darron Lamont Bennett, a member of their drug dealing enterprise. After receiving the information from Rosen, Henchman and his crew began threatening Butler and his family.
“Members of the enterprise embarked on a campaign of threats, harassment and intimidation targeting the client, the client’s family and [the client’s] New York counsel,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Una Dean stated in a letter to U.S. District Judge John Gleeson.
Rosemond also alleges that two jurors in his case were heard discussing the incarcerated man’s alleged involvement in the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur. Rosemond argues that the discussions violated his Sixth Amendment right to a trial by an impartial jury.