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Slick Rick Pardoned by New York Governor

May 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Slick Rick | Comments (0)

Slick Rick (A.K.A. Ricky Walters) has been fully pardoned by New York Governor David Paterson.  Back in 1991 the rapper was convicted of attempted murder and spent five years in prison.  However, the 43 year old rapper had faced numerous attempts to deport him although he lived in the U.S. since he was a child.  Slick Rick was again arrested in 2002 by Immigration agents who stopped him after he returned to Miami from a 1 week Caribbean cruise where he performed on-board. He spent 17 months in jail which stemmed from a 1997 Immigration and Naturalization Service warrant that was not been pursued earlier.

In announcing the pardon Governor Paterson stated that Rick Slick is now a rap artist and landlord in the Bronx who has not had any other criminal problems since his release from prison.  He also stated that Slick Rick has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel against violence.      

Governor Paterson stated, "Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years...I urge federal immigration officials to once again grant Mr. Walters relief from deportation, so that he is not separated from his many family members who are United States citizens, including his two teenage children."       

Slick Rick responded to the Governor Paterson statement: "This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all. I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life."

Slick Rick 


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