NEW YORK – RapperJamal "Shyne" Barrow, the gunman convicted in the Sean "Puffy" Combs trial, apologized to his victims yesterday, but denied responsibility for their "pain."
"I didn't cause your pain," Barrow, 21, told his victims in a prepared statement read by a supporter, Conrad Muhammad, a self-proclaimed "hip-hop minister" once considered an heir to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
"But you can place your pain on my shoulders," Barrow told them.
Told of the statement, victim Natania Reuben, who has seven bullet fragments from Barrow's gun in her head, responded curtly, "That is not an apology."
The statement was read to reporters outside Manhattan Supreme Court, where Barrow's scheduled sentencing on felony assault charges was adjourned until June 1.
His lawyers told Justice Charles Solomon they needed more time to review trial transcripts.
Barrow faces five to 25 years in prison after a jury convicted him of showing depraved indifference to human life by opening fire in the Midtown Club New York in December 1999.
Barrow's gunfire injured two of three wounded clubgoers, jurors found last month.