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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The curtain will fall Thursday for rapper Shyheim Franklin.
The Wu-Tang clan cohort is scheduled to be sentenced in state Supreme Court, St. George, for two crimes: Causing a fatal New Year’s Day hit-and-run wreck in New Brighton that claimed a bakery worker’s life and possessing a gun in an unrelated incident.
Last month, Franklin, 36, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter stemming from the Jan. 1 death of Felipe Avila Olea.
Prosecutors allege the defendant was speeding and blew through a stop sign before slamming into Avila Olea’s 1996 Toyota Celica at 5:07 a.m. on Lafayette Avenue.
Franklin had been traveling on Cassidy Place and Avila Olea, 29, was Richmond Terrace-bound on Lafayette, headed to his job at the Rosamaria Bakery on Vreeland Avenue in Port Richmond.
The defendant also pleaded guilty to a weapon-possession charge stemming from an April 19, 2013, arrest in which cops found a loaded gun and drugs in his apartment.
Both pleas were to the top counts against Franklin in separate indictments.
Under his agreement, he’ll be sentenced to four and two-thirds to 14 years for his manslaughter plea. The maximum is five to 15 years.
Franklin will also receive a concurrent term of seven years for the gun conviction. In addition, he’s subject to five years’ post release supervision.
Assistant District Adam Silberlight is prosecuting the case.