[UPDATED] Dexter Isaac, New York Inmate, Says He Shot Tupac Shakur in 1994


UPDATE, 4:25 P.M., JUNE 15, 2011: A nationwide manhunt is underway for James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond--but not for this. DEA agents and Federal Marshals are tracking the hip-hop mogul after he failed to turn himself in on drug charges earlier this week. More info at the bottom of the post.

Nearly 15 years after the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, a Brooklyn prisoner named Dexter Isaac is reportedly claiming he shot Shakur two years prior during a robbery in New York City.

Isaac, who is currently serving a life sentence in New York for unrelated crimes, confessed to AllHipHop.com that he shot Shakur in 1994, and that he was paid $2,500 by James Rosemond--also known as Jimmy Henchman, hip-hop mogul and CEO of management company Czar Entertainment--to rob the rapper.

Learn more about Isaac's confession after the jump.

The robbery and shooting, which LA Times reporter Chuck Philips alleges that both Notorious B.I.G. and Sean Combs knew about in advance, sparked an ongoing rivalry between Shakur and Smalls that would eventually cost both of them their lives. Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996; Smalls followed him after being shot in Los Angeles in 1997.

So why would Isaac, who had all but gotten away with the robbery and shooting, finally speak up now? According to Isaac, he wanted to give Tupac and Biggie's mothers some closure.

Rosemond, who in May turned himself in on drug charges, claims that Isaac is a government informant. Isaac hopes his confession will also disprove Rosemond's claims.

Isaac reportedly claims that he was friends with both Tupac and Biggie, and that Sean "Puffy" Combs knew about the plan all along. Via AllHipHop:

A man has admitted to shooting rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994 after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond inside Manhattan's Quad Studios in November of 1994.

Dexter Isaac, a former friend of Rosemond, is an inmate currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery and other offenses.

Isaac's full statement can be read via AllHipHop here. It is also transcribed on the next page.

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