Wu Tang Clan affiliate, Shyheim Franklin, AKA ‘The Rugged Child’, was one of the most popular offshoots of the nine man crew but unfortunately he pleaded guilty this Thursday to 2nd degree manslaughter for a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of a baker worker on Staten Island.
The 36-year-old also pleaded guilty to a weapon possession charge that stemmed from a 2013 arrest in which police found drugs and a loaded gun in his possession.
He reportedly faces four and two thirds to fourteen years in prison for the manslaughter conviction.
Details in the crime are reported as such:
FELIPE Avila was headed to work at the Rosamaria Bakery on Vreeland Avenue in Port Richmond, driving a black 1996 Toyota Celica on Lafayette Avenue, Richmond Terrace-bound. Franklin, meanwhile, was driving east on Cassidy Place in a 1996 Volvo S80 belonging to a close friend, police sources said. He blew through a stop sign and slammed into Avila’s car, then hit a parked Dodge Ram before getting out of the Volvo and running off, police sources said. Sources said Franklin left blood in the Volvo and on the driver’s side airbag. Franklin was out on $10,000 bail at the time of the crash, after his April arrest on gun and drug possession charges.
Shyheim came on the scene in 1994 as a 15 year old kid and had a huge impact with his hit On and On. He would also have a featured in singing group, TLC’s video for Waterfalls. Since then it seems it has been all downhill for the rapper.