Hosea Thomas Found Guilty of Killing Philant Johnson

26 11 2008


Today justice was served.  The man who KILLED Philant Johnson was found guilty today by a Cincinnati jury.  I’m not a fan of anyone serving jail time.  However if you did the crime it is a must that one do the time.  I live by this.  You have to be able to handle the consequences.  Now the situation is FUCKED up.  One brother snitched on another.  Wow….  Then, T.I. got involved on the stand.  And, the alleged “girlfriend” offered a weird ass testimony to try and save Hosea.  However, it didn’t work.

A jury has convicted the man accused of gunning down rapper T.I.’s assistant last May after a show in Cincinnati. Hosea Thomas, 35, was found guilty on all counts – including murder – today (November 26).

Prosecutors alleged that Thomas was the triggerman in the May 3, 2006 shooting, while his brother Padron drove the Jeep that followed two of the rapper’s vans down I-75.

The incident stemmed from an earlier altercation inside of Club Ritz, where Hosea was struck in the head with a bottle.

Hosea Thomas was convicted of firing the shots into T.I.’s van that struck and killed Philant Johnson, who died from a gunshot wound to the left temple.

Three other members of T.I.’s entourage were injured during the exchange, which took place on the interstate.

Hosea Thomas was convicted after a number of people testified he was the shooter, including his own brother Padron, who will receive a lesser sentence for his cooperation.

Thomas faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced December 23.

In related news, T.I. and his Grand Hustle cohorts plan to give back to their Atlanta community through a series of charitable events this Thanksgiving.

Following a press conference, which kicks off at 9:00 am, T.I. and his entourage will help serve food and will also speak encouraging words to the children and parents in attendance.

At 7:00 PM, T.I. will head to Adamsville Recreation Center, where he and members of his Grand Hustle imprint will host a turkey giveaway.

Later, the rapper will head to Turner Field, where he will take part in the Feed The Hungry & Homeless event.

T.I. WILL Testify Tommorrow in The Murder Case

20 11 2008



According to AllHipHop T.I. will testify tommorrow in the case again Hosea Thomas, the alleged shooter of his best friend Philant Johnson.  Earlier THE CINCINNATI MONSTER.COM reported that he might or might not but T.I.P will testify in the case against Hosea.  I DEFINITLY think this is apart of his plea agreement.  It just sounds TOO fishy.  With all the “cooperating” that T.I.P. is doing it just doesn’t seem to add up to me.  Of course he could be doing this to put his best friend’s killer behind bars.  But, being with him about to go behind bars himself, it makes me think.  I definitely think that this was somewhere apart of his plea agreement.  

Peep the AHH article:

Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. is scheduled to appear in a Cincinnati courtroom Friday to offer his testimony against Hosea Thomas, the 34-year-old man accused of killing the rapper’s childhood friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson in 2006.

The Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist will offer his account of the chain of events that led to a car chase and gun battle in which Thomas is accused of firing at two vans carrying T.I.’s entourage along I-75 in Cincinnati in the early morning hours of May 3.


The altercation left Johnson dead at the scene and four others injured.

T.I.’s testimony comes on the third day of witness accounts as the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office presents its case against Thomas.

So far, the jury selected on Monday (November 7), has heard from eyewitnesses, members of T.I.’s entourage and a person who was in the Jeep Cherokee with Thomas on the night in question.


No word on whether that person was the prosecution’s star witness, 40-year-old Padron Thomas, who provided authorities with incriminating evidence against his brother Hosea as part of a plea deal.

In related news, T.I. is reportedly expanding his musical repertoire as well.


Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has revealed that one of his many upcoming projects is a collaboration with the Atlanta rapper.

Sambora did not provide details as to whether the collaboration would be for Bon Jovi’s upcoming greatest hits album, which will feature new material by the rock band.

T.I. Will Appear At The Trial of the Men Who Killed His Best Friend…Testify?

19 11 2008




You know I’ve always been in T.I.’s corner when it came to him turning his life around.  I’ve never been on e of these ignorant fools who thought he snitched.  Or, when he came out saw him cooperating with police and law enforcement as him being an informant.  First off, its obviously apart of his plea agreement.  Second of all, what is the matter with him turning a 180 with his life after being knocked SO MANY times?  Do we knock people that do?  Paper Trail is T.I.P’s best album!  It shows his growth from Trap Muzik (which every southern dope boy with the exception of Jeezy) try to emulate to a more mature individual!  What the fuck is wrong with that?  Nothing!  And, I actually have no problem with him attending the case of the men who killed his BEST FRIEND!  Him testifying?  I don’t know what he can testify on if he can’t ID the shooters.  He was definitely on the scene and he is a superstar witness.  But, how can he help the prosecution’s case if he was ducking bullets his damn self?  Describe what happened?  But, what’s really sad is that one of the brother’s told on the other.  THAT IS SOME FIRST 48 TYPE SHIT!  The brother’s called the FEDS on the other.  Now, I can imagine the pressure to do it with EVERYONE knowing about it and the family being torn apart but wow selling out your brother and NOT GETTING ANY JAIL TIME!  And, he’s testifying in his brother’s case?!?  That’s bigger than T.I.  testifying!  That’s real life shit!!!  Anywho…Check out the press release from AHH. 


One of two men implicated in the murder of T.I.’s childhood friend Philant Johnson went on trial yesterday (November 18) in Cincinnati facing multiple charges including murder and felonious assault.


Authorities spent almost two years investigating the May 2006 chase and shoot out that left Johnson dead and three other individuals in the Grand Hustle camp wounded.


It wasn’t until this past summer that police caught a break, which lead to the arrest of 40-year-old Padron Thomas and 36-year-old Hosea Thomas, who stands on trial alone in the crime.


The elder Thomas brother, along with two others charged with federal gun crimes, contacted officials earlier this year with details of the incident, effectively pointing the finger at Hosea as the killer.


According to Padron Thomas, he and his friends confronted T.I. and his crew over gaining entry to the VIP area at Club Ritz in the Roselawn area of Cincinnati. Following the ensuing fight, the Atlanta-based rapper and his entourage left the scene in two vans.


They were chased by a green Jeep Cherokee, from which the shots were later fired.


Padron Thomas has admitted to driving the vehicle and told authorities that his brother Hosea fired shots at the vans, one which was described as a “horror scene,” with blood and brain matter dripping from the ceiling.


He also claims that at least one member of T.I.’s camp returned fire.


While Hamilton County prosecutor Heather Gosselin indicated in her opening statement that the states case would “come down to witness testimony,” Hosea Thomas’ lawyer Charles Isaly pointed out that the character of those witnesses should be questioned.


He insisted that all of the prosecution’s proposed witnesses are out to paint his client in a negative light in order to obtain reduced sentences for their own crimes.


Padron Thomas’ plea deal has guaranteed that he will serve no time behind bars for his part in the incident.


Prosecutors have allowed him to plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter, dropping the murder charges he originally faced alongside his brother.


They had also agreed to allow him to serve any sentence he receives concurrently with his federal prison sentence.


T.I. is expected to testify in the trial, which will most likely extend into next week.