R&B crooner Chester Bamsu Jennings, aka Lyfe Jennings, has been sentenced to three years in prison stemming from an altercation Jennings had with the mother of his children in 2008. The singer kicked down the door of a house in Smyrna, Ga., in an attempt to find Joy Pound, the mother of his children, and later fired a gun outside. He then fled the scene, engaging in a high-speed chase with Smyrna police, which ended when Jennings smashed the vehicle. When apprehended, he refused a sobriety test. Jennings was charged with criminal trespass, discharging a firearm near a public highway and refusing to take a DUI test — which are misdemeanors — and two felony counts of attempting to elude an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jennings had previously served 10 years in prison for felony arson before embarking on a singing career that won him accolades for his gritty performances and positive messages. Jennings was discovered while performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Can you say "self-sabotage"? All that talk about staying out of prison, and Jennings goes and does something completely irrational. He knows better because he's done better and uses his music to motivate people to do better. Well, he's got three-and-a-half years to think about what he'll do differently the next time. Shaking our heads over at The Root.
Read more at Eurweb. Check out his video "Statistics," which highlights the hypocrisy of his actions relative to his lyrics.