NEW YORK (AP) _ Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma hopes her fan base will count in the courtroom when she is to be sentenced for shooting a woman outside a nightclub.
A statement posted prominently on Remy Ma's MySpace page asks visitors to write letters about how the rapper and her music have "positively affected you, influenced you, inspired you, etc. … in hopes that the judge will be lenient."
It provides a special e-mail address for anyone inclined to do so.
Remy Ma is being held without bail until her sentencing, set for April 23. She faces up to 25 years in prison.
The 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Remy Smith, was convicted Thursday of assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion. Her lawyer has said the rapper plans to appeal.
The defense acknowledged she fired a shot toward a friend she suspected of stealing $3,000, but said the gun went off accidentally. Prosecutors said Remy Ma acted deliberately by getting out the gun, loading it and cocking it as she got into a car with the friend, who was shot in the abdomen.
The shooting followed a party at a club in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on July 14, 2007.
Remy Ma was nominated for a Grammy as part of the Terror Squad for the 2004 hit "Lean Back." She also has recorded with Busta Rhymes and Eminem.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.