Safaree's Childhood Friend Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison After Robbing $180K In Jewels From Rapper

The "Love and Hip Hop" star was set up by his former pal Shawn Harewood and wound up losing a large amount of jewerly.

BYHayley Hynes
2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Safaree Samuels has some serious cause for celebration this weekend.

Four years after he was maliciously robbed of his jewelry in the parking lot of his luxury apartment complex in New Jersey, the man who set the rapper up – his childhood friend, Shawn Harewood – has been handed a hefty prison sentence to help reprimand him.

Back in July, a jury convicted the mastermind on three counts of robbery, eluding, and resisting arrest. It's worth noting that Harewood was found not guilty of robbing Safaree's friend, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons charges, but the prosecution did determine that he set things up.

Yesterday (November 3), Judge Gary Wilcox sentenced Harewood to 18 years in prison for his role in stealing $180K worth of jewelry from Safaree, with the years running consecutively instead of concurrently, as AllHipHop notes.

"We are very pleased with the outcome and thankful that justice was served for Safaree Samuels," Bergen County Assistant Prosecutors Joe Torrie and Meg Kilzy said in a statement.

Safaree Samuels attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

Harewood apologized to "all involved" before he was sentenced, and stated that the robbery was a part of a series of "bad decisions" that he's "not proud of."

"These moments do not define me, and they’re not reflective of me," he told the courtroom earlier this week.

Despite Harewood's lawyer's argument that his years in prison would cause his family hardship, the prosecution was adamant that he should've thought about that before committing his crime.

"His daughter is essentially an adult. She was 13 at the time of his arrest in 2018," Kilzy noted.

Do you think 18 years is a fair sentence for Shawn Harewood's crimes against Safaree Samuels? Sound off in the comments below, and tap back in with HNHH later for more hip-hop news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.