A Pittsburgh rapper's family defended his character during his sentencing Wednesday on drug charges in Somerset County court.
Khalid-Ibn Abdullah Kareem, 29, who performs under the name S. Money, was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison by President Judge John M. Cascio for possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia possession, possession of marijuana and conspiracy.
"The issue is how dangerous drugs are to society," Cascio said. "The fallout of these type of things is critical."
After a two-day trial on Oct. 24 a jury found Kareem guilty of conspiring with three other men to transport $80,000 worth of heroin on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2008. The other men pleaded guilty and were sentenced in 2010 and 2011.
Courtroom discussion Wednesday centered around what Kareem could make of his life after his prison time. Several lifelong friends and family members spoke — as did retired police Sgt. Anthony DeLuca, who arrested Kareem and filed the charges.
Kareem family members in attendance included his mother and the mother of his 4-month-old child, both of whom told the court he is a good man and wonderful father who supports his family and community. They said trouble stemming from drugs does not define him.
DeLuca described a different person. He said drugs hurt communities.
"I hope the court will render a sentence so that Mr. Kareem has time to understand the damage he has caused," he said.
Kareem responded to DeLuca.
"I'm not some sort of monster," he said. "I'm a normal person. I'm a good father."