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A Music Producer on the Edge of Stardom Has A Dark Premonition, Then He’s Gunned Down

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*Upcoming hip-hop artist and producer Kevin Robert Harris II was just 21 when he was gunned down outside of a music studio in Los Angeles on Sept. 20, 2009. The case remains unsolved.

CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY co-host Michelle Miller and 48 HOURS SUSPICION investigate the death of Harris and his family’s search for answers in “The Ambush of Kevin Harris” to be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 30 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The morning of his death, Kevin Harris had a frightening premonition.

His mother Katheryn Harris tells 48 HOURS SUSPICION that she sensed something was wrong with her son, so she asked him. “He said, ‘Everything’s just happening so fast. I feel like something’s going to happen.’ I said, ‘Don’t think like that.’”

By all accounts, Kevin Harris was about to make it. He’d just sold a beat to hip-hop legend Ice Cube, and he had finished a song and music video that were about to become a local radio hit. His father says he heard Britney Spears and Rihanna were interested in some of his music. Harris’ parents say he was devoted to his craft and his family. And then one summer night in 2009 he was gone, shot dead.

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The motive for his shooting is a mystery. Was he killed in a case of mistaken identity? Did he get mixed up with the wrong people? Did he unknowingly offend someone? Was he set up? One thing is certain is that witnesses have been hard to find.

“When these situations occur, they’re like, ‘I’m not dealing with the law enforcement,’” says Rahman Dukes, a music industry executive and digital music pioneer. “‘They weren’t here to help us. Why are we going to help them?’ I have seen people step forward, but the majority of the time that doesn’t happen.”

After years of no progress, local authorities turned to the FBI for support. New detectives on the case along with Harris’ family are determined to find his killer. They now suspect a jealous rival, an aspiring rapper, may be connected with the murder, and they have narrowed the list of suspects. They feel they are very close but need information.

“We really need help from the public,” says FBI Special Agent Sean Sterle. “Anybody who knows anything about this case and what happened to him and what happened that night to come forward…and that’s what our plea is to the public.”

Both detectives and his family remain convinced the mystery of Harris’ murder will be solved.

“The clues are absolutely out there, we just need that one piece, that one smoking gun,” says Kevin Harris, Sr., the artist’s father.

48 HOURS SUSPICION: “The Ambush of Kevin Harris” is produced by Chuck Stevenson and Lauren A. White. Michelle Fanucci is the development producer. Phil Tangel, Greg Kaplan and George Baluzy are the editors. Gail Zimmerman and Patti Aronofsky are the senior producers. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.

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Keith Raniere: Leader of NXIVM Cult Gets 120 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking [VIDEO]

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*The leader of the NXIVM sex cult has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Keith Raniere used NXIVM as a self-help workshop to force at least over a dozen women and teen girls to have sex with him. His alleged crimes ar documented in the HBO series “The Vow,” which was recently picked up for a second season.

Raniere was found guilty of federal sex trafficking and racketeering charges back in June 2019, PEOPLE reports.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York announced the sentence on Twitter.

“For both my mom and I, this case has been more than personal,” said alleged victim India Oxenberg, whose mother is “Dynasty” actress Catherine Oxenberg. “It’s also reassured my faith in the justice system which protects human rights and holds not only the perpetrators accountable for their crimes — but also those who financially support and enable them. I hope that this case, and others, such as Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, R. Kelly’s, help to change the laws in the US to protect people against coercion and the abuses of power.”

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Raniere’s sentencing comes weels after an heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced to a little over six years in prison for her role in the NXIVM sex-cult.

Clare Bronfman, 41, is accused of using her fortune to silence victims of Raniere. 

NXIVM is a self-described personal and professional development program, which Bronfman first joined in 2003 to help her find purpose in her overly privileged life. She ultimately moved up to the group’s executive board, while female members were allegedly coerced into sexual slavery.

Several women testified how they obeyed their “masters,” and were pressured to have sex with Raniere. They were even branded with his initials as well as those of Raniere’s puppet, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack.

Bronfman, who reportedly spent at least $116 million on the organization, pled guilty to two charges in connection to identity theft and immigration fraud. 

Mack, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges before the start of the trial. 

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Texas Rapper, 12, Sentenced to 7 Years for Shooting 1-Year-Old [VIDEO]

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*A 12-year-old aspiring rapper from Fort Worth, Texas has been sentenced to seven years in a juvenile detention facility for shooting a one-year-old child (who survived).

According to reports, at the time of the shooting, the juvenile — who goes by the stage names Lil Rodney, Baby Savage, and 30Shotz — was on probabtion for an arson case and had been fitted with an ankle monitor. The boy, an alleged Crips gang member, told the judge during a hearing that was conducted via a Zoom that he cut the monitor off because he wanted to attend the funeral of a friend.

“I just want to know if you can at least give me one more chance then see. If this time I mess up you should like, hold me for some months,” a tearful Rodney pleaded with Judge Kim.

But the judge wasn’t having it.

“Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?” Kim told him. “Every single time, you beg me for one more chance. You swear to God, ‘On my mama’s name,’ ‘I’m not gonna cut off the monitor, I’m not gonna run off.’ Every single time.”

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In August, Rodney allegedly posted a now-deleted picture on his Instagram of himself smoking weed, along with the caption: “Fuck Judge Kim.”

“You know, once you put something on the internet, it doesn’t come down,” Kim said during the virtual court hearing.

Rodney’s grandfather became his legal guardian when he was a toddler after his father abandoned the family and his mother was arrested multiple times.

“Your papa is a wise man. You know that?” the judge said, referring to the grandfather. “He is here every single time you have a detention hearing. Every single time. Because he loves you and cares about you. But you’re out there thinking that there’s something better than the home that he’s providing you.”

Lil Rodney will remain incarcerated until he is 19-years-old.

You can watch the video of the Zoom conference via the YouTube clip above.

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White Georgia Teenager Sentenced to Juvenile Detention for Plotting to Attack Historic Black Church

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*A 17-year-old Georgia girl will spend four years in juvenile detention for plotting to attack a historic Black church. 

The unnamed racist teenager was arrested in November 2019 when authorities discovered her plan to kill members of the century old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

Her sinister plot was reportedly similar to the plans of white supremacist Dylann Roof, who fatally shot nine Black members of the Charleston, South Carolina church on June 17, 2015.

Authorities were made aware of the teen’s plan after receiving a tip from a student at her high school. The tipster overheard the girl discussing the murder plot, Complex reports.

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Officials found a t-shirt in her backpack that read, “Free Dylann Storm Roof” and it featured swastikas on the sleeves. She also outlined her plan in a notebook. 

“I do believe myself to be a white supremacist,” she wrote on another shirt, according to authorities. 

The teenager pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. She will be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for four years, where she will rceive counseling, and will face 10 years of probation, according to the report.  

“I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” the teen said in court on Thursday.

“While we are angered and frustrated by this incident, we do not hold hostility against this defendant,” said presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson. “While she apparently hates or hated us, we do not hate her, and do not wish to nullify her future, and do not give up on her.”

In addition to juvenile detention, the teenager must write an apology letter to the church.

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