Where to begin? I guess with the facts: Facing 20 years in the big house, Lil' Kim ended up with an almost laughably shorter 1 year and 1 day, to begin this September 19th. What that extra day is for I'm not sure, but if I had to guess, I'd say it had to do with some sort of technicality. Also, she was fined $50,000 and will serve 3 years probation (i.e. no smoking weed) once her sentence is up.
Now that we've got that out of the way...
You'll recall that Lil' Kim got into all this mess in the first place for lying to a grand jury about the fact that her WCs, the Junior Mafia, shot at Capone N Noriega outside of a rap studio or some such. It probably wasn't the sharpest idea to try and lie about that shit in the first place, but it definitely didn't help matters that her WCs couldn't all get their stories straight. After she went up there and lied to those people, her crew, Lil' Cease and Banger plus head WC Damion "D-Roc" Butler, who was popping off shots, went up there and were like, "Yeah, we did it!"
I know some people look at the JM as being a bunch of snitches, and they should probably already be embarassed to begin with for carrying for a chick, but the thing about it was that the whole thing was caught on camera. I'm no expert on bullshit nonsensical ghetto rules anyway, but it would occur to me that it's not that big of a deal to cooperate with prosecutors if the shit has already been caught on tape. After all, Lil' Kim got a year and a day in some Martha Stewart women's prison. The rest of the JM have the integrity of their own individual assholes to keep in mind.