Up-and-coming rapper TWISTED BLACK has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
The court hearing in Texas heard that the musician - real name TOMMY BURNS - was selling up to a kilogram of cocaine every three weeks throughout last year (05).
Alleged co-conspirator COURTNEY IGLEHART testified how Burns paid him $4,500 (GBP2,286) in February 2005 for a quarter of a kilogram of cocaine.
Twisted Black's debut album is set for release in 2007.
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