Professor Green Attacker Jailed For 8 Years

From MTV UK:

"Anthony Jones will serve time in prison for the near-fatal assault on the MC...

A man who stabbed rapper Professor Green in the neck with a broken bottle has been jailed for eight years.

Anthony Jones, who was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent at the trial last October, attacked the Jungle MC outside a night club in May 2009, leaving Pro fighting for his life.

Green, real name Stephen Manderson, previously gave evidence at Jones' trial where he claimed "was scared he would die" and that he was "extremely lucky" to be alive after the assault.

The 27-year-old rapper, who also admitted to phoning his mother and nan to "say goodbye” after the stabbing, was taken to hospital and has been left with a six-inch scar over a tattoo that ironically reads “lucky.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday that Jones had been jailed for eight years at Snaresbrook Crown Court, after judge John Lafferty sentenced him for the "premeditated attack" on the star."

A few people are mouthing off about Pro Green being a snitch for giving evidence in court against the guy that could've cost him his life. It fits neatly into the "no snitching" mentality that pervades hip hop. That mentality is only marginally less immature than telling your peers your dad can beat up theirs, and if you think along those lines you're an idiot.

Coincidentally, these detractors seem to be salty about the fact Green's sold out - a fair comment given Virgin Records saddled him with a beat sampling INXS for his lead single. But is that really as watered down as his Mike Skinner days, back when he had bad teeth and rocked a New Era?

And while I don't buy into the whole ex-dealer-turned-music-success back story that's being fed to the mainstream as it's all way too over-familiar and, from a British rapper, twee, he's still capable of making decent music at times.