Things have gotten even worse for Mystikal, as his serious legal problems have grown in the wake of his latest rape case. According to new reports, Mystikal has just been indicted on his previous first-degree rape charges — and if convicted, he could face life behind bars.
A grand jury in Louisiana has formally indicted rapper Mystikal (real name Michael Lawrence Tyler) with first-degree rape charges that were originally filed in July. Under state law, if Mystikal is found guilty of sexual assault, he will face a mandatory life sentence. In addition to the first-degree rape charge, in which a woman claimed to have sexually assaulted her and held her hostage, Mystikal faces nine other charges, including damaging property, false imprisonment, domestic abuse by strangulation, robbery, and many drug-related crimes.
Mystikal is currently being held at Ascension Parish Prison, where he has been since his arrest and where he will stay, as he has not been released on bail. After news of his client’s indictment, Mystikal attorney Joel Pearce said, “It’s an indictment. It means nothing. We look forward to our day in court. “
You will recall that this is the third sexual assault involving Mystikal, with his most recent occurring in 2017 on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for that incident before eventually posting a $3 million fine. However, his first sexual assault conviction was in 2003 when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his hairstylist.
He was sentenced to six years in prison before being released in 2010, due to a conviction in which case he was a registered sex offender for life.