A Vallejo rapper on the notorious Thizz Nation label is facing more than eight years in state prison for human trafficking and other crimes following a Contra Costa County jury’s verdict Friday.
The jury deliberated for a half-day before finding Joel Williams, known by the rap moniker J-Hype, guilty of four felonies — human trafficking, pimping, pandering, and drug furnishing and transportation — as well as misdemeanor battery.
The victim in the case is a woman in her 30s who briefly dated Williams, 38, before agreeing to work for him as a prostitute in late 2011, deputy district attorney Chad Mahalich said.
When the woman wanted to leave that lifestyle in mid-2012, Williams started beating her and threatening her life.
“He threatened to kill her, and threatened to have his Thizz Nation associates kill her,” Mahalich said. “She was told the only way she could leave was if she paid him $15,000. That was impossible; he was taking every penny she earned.”