Rapper Tray Dee of Snoop Dogg’s West Coast-based crew, Tha Eastsidaz, was sentenced to 12 years in California state prison Wednesday (Feb. 2) in relation to a 2003 shooting.
Tray Dee, born Tracy Lamar Davis, appeared in Long Beach Superior Court and pleaded no contest to the shooting, which allegedly occurred near an occupied vehicle, according to prosecutor Cynthia Barnes. Tray Dee allegedly shot at two people in a car. Nobody was injured.
Prosecutors had previously dropped two charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and one count of possession of a firearm against Tray Dee, under a plea bargain, provided that Davis admit to personal use of a firearm and aiding a criminal street gang.
Tray Dee is currently being held in county jail where he had been for more than a year awaiting trial until he is transferred to a prison, said Barnes.
The rapper formed Tha Eastsidaz with Goldie Loc and Snoop Dogg in 1999. Before the incident, Tray Dee and Goldie Loc had accused Snoop of failing to repay royalties owed to them for their two albums.
Tha Eastsidaz remain signed to TVT Records and have recorded songs for their third album, not yet scheduled for release and currently in limbo due to Tray Dee’s circumstances.