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Shakur Found Guilty of Sex Abuse Charge

From Associated Press

Rap star Tupac Shakur was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing a woman he had invited to his hotel room, but he was acquitted of more serious sodomy and weapons charges.

Shakur, 23, who was shot five times during a robbery Wednesday, was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read. He had appeared earlier Thursday in a wheelchair, but his lawyer said he had returned to the hospital.

The jury, which reached its decision on the third day of deliberations, found the same verdict for a co-defendant, Charles Fuller, 24.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Shakur’s lawyer, Michael Warren. He said he was pleased that the jury “kept an open mind.”

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Each man was convicted of three counts of first-degree sex abuse, which means they groped and touched the victim without her consent.

Each faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Judge Daniel Fitzgerald told attorneys in the case to return to court Monday, presumably to arrange a sentencing date.


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