In early December, Mystikal's lawyer filed a motion to withdraw his client's guilty plea to sexual battery of the infirmed and no contest to extortion when he learned that prosecutors had given judge Marabella the videotape of the sexual assault.As part of their negotiation, the prosecutor agreed the tape would remain sealed and would not be admitted in the case as evidence. Newly trained-out, his biceps bulge from beneath a royal blue New Orleans t-shirt, as if Mystikal is expressing his own sense of urgency to take back the mantel of Louisiana rap with his first studio album in nearly 12 years. He's riffing about his new album, "The first thing I had to do when I came home is see who the fuck I was talking to, you know, because I had some live rounds, because I wasn't hitting the target," he says.Under Louisiana state law, Mystikal will be eligible for parole after two years behind bars.Mystikal had originally been charged with aggravated rape and extortion on July 18, 2002, after police arrested him and two bodyguards for threatening to turn his former hairstylist in to police for cashing ,000 worth of unauthorized checks from the rapper's bank account if she did not have oral sex with them (see "Mystikal Charged With Rape, Extortion")."It was a huge setback – self-inflicted of course, because if I don't shoot myself in the foot then it won't be a race. It hurt me more than the fuckin' six years did, really."For now, he's just trying to stay optimistic and out of trouble. It's the difference being the age I am now as opposed to a few years ago.The opportunities are so vast and the machine is primed and running.
"I cannot say in good faith the state deceived us, but there may have been a misunderstanding," Bourdin said.This means that Mystikal will have to pay 0 per month to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole to defray the costs of supervision; remain employed; undergo substance-abuse evaluation and follow all recommended treatment; remain alcohol- and drug-free; submit to random urinalysis at his own expense; and maintain no contact with the victim or her family.If he violates any of the terms of probation, Mystikal will return to prison for up to 10 more years.The videotape of the incident is so inflammatory that it would have been very damaging if it had been presented in an aggravated rape case." Prosecuting attorney Sue Bernie is also happy with the decision even though the judge made it clear that he would have sentenced Mystikal to the full 10 years had he not copped a plea.Like Bourdin, she sought to keep the videotape out of the courtroom, but for a different reason."Our goal was to save our client's dignity, and if we could avoid that particular tape being made public and still get justice, that was the goal," Bernie said."If we were to proceed with the aggravated rape charge, the videotape would have had to be played and it would have been made part of the public record." Before criminal negotiations between Bourdin and Bernie began, Mystikal underwent sexual-assault counseling and did community service.Judge Marabella read Mystikal's sentence on Thursday with disdain."The court is convinced that the defendant believes he is above the law and can take the law into his own hands," he said, according to the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate.He also settled with the woman for an undisclosed sum in order to prevent her from filing a civil suit against him.As part of his decision, Judge Marabella also ruled that when Mystikal gets out of jail he will have to serve five years of probation for extortion.