NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — McKinley Phipps Jr. is one step closer to freedom. The New Orleans-based rapper has been granted clemency from Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The news was confirmed by his family late Thursday night.
Also known as “Mac,” Phipps was signed to Master P’s No Limit Records in 2000.
While preparing to perform at a local club in St. Tammany Parish in February 2000, a fight broke out and 19-year-old Barron Victor Jr. was shot and killed.
Despite the lack of evidence linking him to the shooting, McKinley was arrested for the crime and convicted of manslaughter. Since then, witnesses in the case have recanted their statements.
Now that the governor has approved the parole board’s clemency recommendation, Phipps has to have another hearing. If released, he will have to spend 10 years on parole.
His attorneys are also working to reverse his manslaughter conviction. Louisiana is now a unanimous jury state, and Phipps’ conviction was ruled by a 10-2 jury. If it’s reversed, he would not have to be placed on parole. More on Phipps’ story here.