Thursday, July 31, 2014
Kanyva -- Wannabe Rapper, True Killer
Around March 2004, wannabe rapper Kanyva (real name Juston Michael Potts) entered into a loose business relationship with promoter Shani Renee Holloway. The 31-year-old promoter was starting her own record label, All in 1 Promotions, and wanted the performer to record music designed to garner air play on local Pittsburg, California, radio stations. Kanyva, however, demanded that his music not be presented in a way that would be considered mainstream. On June 6, 2004, Holloway, her boyfriend, and the 18-year-old rapper discussed his career in a parked car in the 3300 block of Peppermill Circle in Pittsburg. Incredulous that he would not want his music widely promoted on the radio, Holloway bluntly told the rapper that his prospects for stardom were not good. Kanyva got out of the car and walked across the street to talk to the occupants of a parked black SUV. He returned to Holloway's car, pulled out a handgun, and shot the woman twice in the head at point-blank range, afterwards fleeing the scene in the black SUV. Holloway died five hours later. Kanyva was arrested the next day and admitted quarreling with Holloway about his career. Following a failed insanity defense, the rapper waived a trial by jury and was subsequently sentenced by a judge to a prison term of 50 years to life for first-degree murder. An appeal in 2008 was denied. Juston Michael Potts, Inmate #F57586, is currently incarcerated in the California Medical Facility at Vacaville.