Wu-Tang Affiliate Shyheim Sentenced To Up To 14 Years For Fatal Hit-And-Run


Rapper Shyheim Franklin was sentenced Thursday to up to 14 years in prison for causing the fatal New Year’s Day hit-and-run wreck in New Brighton that claimed the life of a bakery worker.

Last month, Franklin, 36, pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, to second-degree manslaughter stemming from the Jan. 1 death of Felipe Avila Olea.

Prosecutors allege the Wu Tang clan cohort was speeding and blew through a stop sign before slamming into Avila Olea’s 1996 Toyota Celica at 5:07 a.m. on Lafayette Avenue.

Franklin had been traveling on Cassidy Place and Avila Olea, 29, was Richmond Terrace-bound on Lafayette, headed to his job at the Rosamaria Bakery on Vreeland Avenue in Port Richmond.

Afterward, Franklin had angered the victim’s family when he took to YouTube in a bid to raise cash to fight the charges against him.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to a weapon-possession charge stemming from an April 19, 2013, arrest in which cops found a loaded gun and drugs in his apartment.

Both pleas were to the top counts against Franklin in separate indictments.

Avila Olea’s widow, Asuncion Valencia Mendez, told the court her husband was a “hard-working” man” with no vices, who was devoted to his family.

Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, she said she wanted Franklin to “to be conscious of what he’s done.”

Franklin apologized to the family before Justice Leonard P. Rienzi imposed sentence.

“I’m terribly sorry,” he said. “It was truly an accident.”

Under his agreement, Franklin was sentenced to four and two-thirds to 14 years on the manslaughter conviction. The maximum is five to 15 years.

Franklin also received a concurrent term of seven years for the gun conviction. He’s also subject to five years’ post release supervision.

Assistant District Adam Silberlight prosecuted the case.

Leo Duval represented Franklin.



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