The fate of incarcerated No Limit rapper Mac is now in the hands of the Louisiana Board of Pardons & Parole after his legal team filed a a 32-page application for clemency earlier this week, according to a report by the Huffington Post. The application claims that the conviction is flawed and requests commutation of his 30-year prison sentence.
“Each day that Mac Phipps languishes in a Louisiana prison cell is but another day in which justice would appear to go undone; another day in which the perceived integrity of our criminal justice system becomes ever more eroded,” Phipps’ legal team wrote in the filing.
Mac, McKinley Phipps Jr., has long proclaimed his innocence in the Feb. 21, 2000, shooting of 19-year-old Barron “Bookie” Victor Jr. at a Slidell nightclub. Mac was convicted in 2001, but investigations by organizations such as The Medill Justice Project conclude that the rapper was wrongfully convicted. The prosecution had no forensic evidence in the case and did not perform ballistics on the gun belonging to another man named Thomas Williams who allegedly confessed to the murder.