Incarcerated rapper C-Murder will be spending the rest of his life in prison after losing a final appeal against his 2009 murder conviction.
The embattled hip-hop star, real name Corey Miller, was handed a life sentence in 2003 after he was found guilty of the 2002 killing of 16-year-old Steve Thomas in a New Orleans, Louisiana nightclub.
The conviction for second degree murder was overturned in 2006 and a second trial got underway in 2009 - only for Miller to be ordered to remain behind bars.
The younger brother of rap mogul Master P has launched numerous appeals to challenge the ruling, and he took his most recent bid to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
However, on Tuesday (19Feb13), judges stood by the guilty verdict and now C-Murder has been ordered to serve out the full sentence.
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