Prosecutors Call Busta 'Violent Predicate Felon,' Rapper Rejects Plea Deal

Busta Rhymes rejected

a plea bargain offered by prosecutors today (Feb. 20) in Manhattan Criminal Court.


rapper, who is facing two assault charges, is accused of kicking and punching

former driver Edward Hatchett in a dispute over back pay on Dec. 26, 2006.He's

also accused of assaulting 19-year-old Robert Lebron, a fan who allegedly spit

on the rapper's Maybach, after an Aug 12, 2006 concert on Randall's Island. Prosecutors,

who labeled the animated rapper a "violent predicate felon," offered

Rhymes six months in jail for the two assault charges, which he rejected. According

to reports, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tanya Kennedy said Rhymes could plead

guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.If

Rhymes accepts Judge Kennedy's offer, the rapper would be required to serve five

days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures and six months of anger

management classes. Once

successfully completing the terms of the sentencing, all charges against Rhymes,

34, will be dismissed. If the rapper violates his probation, he could be sent

to prison for a year. Police

are still attempting to question Busta Rhymes about the Feb. 2006 shooting death

of his bodyguard Israel Ramirez. Ramirez

was shot and killed on set of Rhymes' "Touch It (Remix) video shoot. Police

believe an argument between G-Unit's Tony Yayo and Ruff Ryders' Swizz Beatz sparked

the deadly shooting. Police

believe Rhymes may have witnessed the shooting and has refused to cooperate. Tony

Yayo also refused to submit to questioning until he is charged with a crime.