Rapper Obie Trice Pleads To Gun Charge In Connection With Oakland County Shooting

WWJ News
June 10, 2020 - 2:26 pm
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Obie Trice (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

(WWJ) Rapper Obie Trice has pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm, a misdemeanor charge stemming from a shooting last year in Commerce Township

According to The Oakland Press, Trice entered his plea Wednesday morning during a virtual hearing via Zoom video conference before 52-1 District Court Judge Travis Reeds. 

Court records show a pre-trial hearing was set for today, but Trice opted to take a plea rather then move ahead with the trial. 

Trice was arrested on Dec. 6, 2019, following the incident that injured his girlfriend's 18-year-old man on Woodvale, Dr., near 14 Mile Rd. and Welch, in Commerce Township.

Early that morning, Oakland County Sheriff's deputies responded to Trice's home on a report from a neighbor who said he heard someone yelling that he'd been shot.

When they arrived, they found Trice, 42, walking out the front down, armed with a pistol. Deputies ordered Trice to drop the weapon and lie down on the ground. He complied, was arrested without incident. An unregistered 9mm semi-automatic Ruger was seized, officials said. 

A sheriff's office investigation found that the events unfolded after Trice and his longtime girlfriend, who live together at the home, got into a fight. It's alleged, investigators said, that the man had been drinking all day and pushed the 40-year-old woman during the argument.  

The woman's 18-year-old son intervened, officials said, confronting his mother's boyfriend, and a fight broke out. 

When the mother and son decided to leave, the boyfriend went into his bedroom, it's alleged, got a handgun and went to the garage where he found the teen about to get into the car with his mom.

Sheriff's officials said the teen saw the gun, feared he'd be shot and tried to disarm the older man. They struggled over the weapon, according to investigators, both went to the ground and the gun discharged — striking the teen in the groin area.

The mom drove her son to Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield where he was treated for a through-and-through gunshot wound to the groin area, as well as a fractured pelvis, and released. 

The charge against Trice is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine, but it's unclear yet if Trice will serve jail time. 

The Oakland Press reports a probation officer will interview Trice and compile a report for Judge Reeds, who said he needs to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident before imposing a sentence. Reeds also said Trice is to continue with alcohol testing as a condition of his bond.

The teen who was shot took out a personal protection (PPO) order against Trice, saying he's fears Trice's unpredictable behavior when he's drinking. 

Trice was born in Detroit. He signed to Shady Records in 2000, and has worked with Eminem on songs for the 8 Mile soundtrack, on the D12 album Devil's Night and other projects. He left Shady in 2008 to start the independent label Black Market Entertainment. Will his fifth album was released in August of this year, he's probably still best known for his 2002 track "Rap Name," feat. Eminem and the lyric: "Obie Trice; real name, no gimmicks."