- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man has been found guilty of murder in the 2006 shooting the friend of Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I.

Hosea Thomas was found guilty Wednesday of murdering T.I.’s entourage member, 26-year-old Philant Johnson. The 34-year-old Thomas was also convicted of felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, testified last week in Thomas’ trial. The rapper told jurors that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during the gun battle two years ago in Cincinnati were meant for him. He wasn’t injured.

The rapper was in Cincinnati on May 3, 2006, to perform.

Thomas faces up to life in prison at his Dec. 23 sentencing.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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