Damn...this is a big blow to the homie. According to the ever popular Smoking Gun, Akon was never convicted of crimes he claimed on an interview stating he was looking at 75 years for a ring of car thefts in New Jersey, when in actuality it was 1 stolen BMW and spent a few months in jail but was "never" convicted.
So there was no conviction. There was no prison term between 1999 and 2002. And he was never "facing 75 years," as the singer claimed in one videotaped interview.
Source: Smoking Gun