Civil Suit Over 2006 Shooting Involving Plies Dismissed
Plies is off the hook in relation to a shooting that took place in Gainesville, Florida during a concert featuring the rapper and Lil’ Boosie that left five people injured.
Members of Plies’ entourage were accused of firing three rounds into a crowd of about 1,000 people at Club 238, during a dispute with performers over performance time in 2006.
Plies, born Algernod Lanier Washington, eventually pleaded no contest to possession of a weapon and was sentenced to probation.
His Ronell Lawrence “Big Gates” Lavatte was convicted of the crime and served three years in prison over the shooting.
Yesterday (July 16th), Alachua County, Florida judge Robert Roundtree dismissed five men’s civil lawsuit against Plies and his brother’s recording imprint, Big Gates Records.
Both lawyers agree that Plies did not fire the shots, the victims of the 2006 shooting filed the lawsuit claiming Plies benefited commercially from the incident.
“He [Plies] characterizes it as if he is the principal [shooter],” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Chestnut. “As if he is the guy, he is the gangster, he’s the thug he’s the goon, yes that’s what he is selling and that is why we are suing him.”
It was the second civil suit stemming from the shooting and lawyers on both sides believe that the rapper will face more lawsuits because of the shooting.
The victims now have 20 days to amend their complaint.