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Rapper Arrested With Gun Stolen in Virginia Got 168 Months Now Requests Sealed Records

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 23 – Iszayah Rowson was arrested in The Bronx on March 5, 2022 with a Taurus USA Model TX22 pistol that had been reported stolen in Henrico County, Virginia the month before.

  Rowson had been previously convicted of a felony, so the case was Federalized.  Rowson, also a musician under the name Zay Munna, was ordered detained. 

On April 3, 2023 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer held a proceeding. Inner City Press went and covered it. 

  Rowson's lawyer describe a large volume of discovery.

  The AUSA noted that this case is related, in part, to a five-defendant case before Judge Lewis J. Liman, which involves Kevin Perez a/k/a Kay Flock. Both appear in a music video the US Attorney's Office cited in seeking a 181 month sentence to be imposed on Rowson.

  At the sentencing on March 25, 2024, Judge Engelmayer read some of the many letters of support, then said he'd shot four people, one in the face. He imposed a sentence of 168 months of 16 years (two of which are already been served in the MDC). He chided the US Attorney's Office for not addressing in its sentencing submission the conditions in the MDC. Still, some walked out just after the sentence was imposed.

   On May 23, Rowson's new appellate lawyer from the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Western District of New York wrote to Judge Engelmayer requesting two documents he said were filed under seal, including the Statement of Reasons and pages 13 to 16 of the March 25 sentencing transcript.

 Inner City Press was stay on the case(s).

This case is US v. Rowson, et al., 22-cr-310 (Engelmayer)


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