Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 12:12 pm
It is being reported that Khujo Goodie of the infamous Goodie Mob has managed to beat his jail bid, which would of had him serving two years behind bars.
There’s no word on the details of the pending incarceration, but according to Big Boi, who is closely affiliated with Khujo, the artist is set to be released, Big Boi says via what else but Twitter:
“Message: Khujo Goodie Will be FREE Today thanks to Daniel Cane, the D.F. And Jesus. GIVE THANKS! We just got khujo out of jail. They can’t stop what GOD HAS planned. MIGHTY DF. The FOUR HORSEMEN RIDE AGAIN.”
We’ll keep you posted on the details, but for most importantly for now is that he’s FREE!
According to Creative Loafing:
Turns out that Twitter has been the leading source of breaking news on this case, which had most Goodie Mob fans wondering what Khujo had done to provoke the long arm of the law in the first place.
In an effort to fill in the blanks, Creative Loafing called Knighton’s lawyer Daniel Kane shortly after the news hit Twitter today.
According to Kane, Knighton had been serving time in a Henry County jail (located in the southeastern suburbs of metro Atlanta) since June 9, after being convicted of three counts of felony possession of a firearm and one count of violation of the Ga. Controlled Substance Act for having marijuana in his possession – charges he’d received in 2009 and 2010.
Khujo was originally sentenced to two years because Henry County had determined that he was already a convicted felon, due to a firearms violation dating back to 1990. But today in court, Kane proved that Khujo’s previous charge was legally void.
“He had a case in 1990 when he was a teenager that was disposed of under the First Offender Act,” Kane explained. “If you enter a plea under the First Offender Act you are not formally adjudicated guilty.
“The mistake was that they thought he was a convicted felon because they thought he was convicted in 1990,” he continued. “So I went back into the archives and got the 1990 case, researched it, pulled the records and presented them to the district attorney and the judge in Henry County and said he could never be a felon in possession of a firearm – there were three counts – because he was never a convicted felon. It was a first offender case, and the court agreed.”
Of course, a two-year sentence would have put a serious dent in the reunited Goodie Mob’s plans for a new album. But the case isn’t totally behind him – a new sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 3. When asked to speculate on the final outcome, Khujo’s lawyer preferred not to comment on the ongoing case.
He did, however, comment on Khujo’s disposition after being freed today: “Well, there’s great joy, great joy and happiness. And also his friends from the music industry, they were very, very happy. Big Boi and Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, they were very happy, as well as [Khujo]‘s wife, and his cousin.
In the meantime, it’s back to business for Khujo, who is featured on the hook he penned for the song “Tangerine,” (featuring T.I.), which, according to Kane, will be the next single from Big Boi’s new album Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Return of Chico Dusty.
“It’ll be a smash; I know the song well,” said Kane, who says Khujo will be touring with Big Boi in support of the album. “It’ll get released somewhere down the road as a single after [the current single] “Shutterbugg” runs its course. So we’re looking for great success. [Khujo]‘s going to go out and tour with Big.”
Khujo’s lawyer expressed equal excitement for the return of Goodie Mob.
“We’re all very happy for Khujo and we wish him tremendous success, because the Goodie Mob is reunited and they’re touring” said Kane, who, besides serving as long-time legal counsel for Khujo and other Dungeon Family members, also considers himself a fan. “We love Khujo. My son Trevor and Quinn just said, ‘Dad, do anything you can to get him out.”