Man gets 15 to 30 years for his role in PHA carpenter’s death

    A Philadelphia judge has sentenced a local rapper to 15 to 30 years in prison for his role in the 2009 death of Rodney Barnes.

    Barnes, a carpenter for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, was shot in the head three summers ago when an unknown assailant stepped out of a van in North Philadelphia and tried to shoot a rival rapper. Barnes died several days later.

    The Daily News reports Jamaal Simmons will go to prison for driving the van from which the shooter emerged and for never revealing the shooter’s identity.

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