Jay-Z Pleads Guilty

Jay-Z was sentenced

to three years probation on Wednesday after pleading

guilty to stabbing Lance "Un" Rivera. He pleaded

guilty to misdemeanor assault and confessed to stabbing

Rivera on Dec. 1, 1999, at a party for Q-Tip at Manhattan's

Kit Kat Klub.

According to the police, Jay accused Rivera of bootlegging

copies of Vol. 3-Life & Times Of S.Carter and stabbed

Un twice with a 5-inch knife.

According to press reports, Jay said, ``I stabbed Lance

Rivera,'' in a low tone at Manhattan's State Supreme

Court. On Dec. 6, the judge will sentence him to three

years probation. "I have accepted responsibility for

my actions as well as the actions of others who were

involved," Jigga said. "I am very pleased that

this unfortunate episode is now over."

At once

time, Rivera almost filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z but

didn't after he received an out of court settlement

between $500,000 and $1 million. After the settlement,

Un told prosecutors that he wasn’t interested on

pursuing the case even though the State continued with

its case. Lance Rivera allegedly refused to cooperate

with the authorities.


stabbed plaintiff Rivera in the stomach, thrusting the

blade up towards the rib cage and chest," the suit

claimed. Following this first stabbing, an unknown assailant

from defendant Carter's entourage then struck plaintiff

Rivera in the head with a bottle. As plaintiff Rivera

was falling to the floor from the head blow, defendant

Carter then stabbed plaintiff Rivera again."

On Tuesday,

a NY court dismissed a previous gun charge after his

chauffeur admitted ownership of the gun found in a sport

utility vehicle that Jay was a passenger on April 13.

Sentenced to one year in jail, the chauffeur pleaded

guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.