Philip Hedges is a state prosecutor, who leads the prosecution in the trial of 8-Ball. Philip Hedges wins the case, and 8-Ball is conviceted of 85 charges of owning a gun without a license. Evidence used by Philip Hedges include links to gangs in Liberty City (in particular the Leone Family) and the haul of weapons (including rocket launchers, flamethrowers, hand grenades and a various assault weapons.
In a Liberty Tree website article about conviction, he said: "man has profited out of bringing misery and mayhem to our streets for too long now. While he was off partying and enjoying his ill-gotten gains with women in night-clubs, drinking champagne and driving fast cars, others were cleaning up the blood from our streets from the bullets fired by guns he sold." Later adding: "We've been after this guy for several years and finally we got charges that would stick. We know he did a lot of other stuff, and we even thought about making up some evidence so we could lock him up and throw away the key, but eventually we just busted his premises and found a lot of things no one outside the military or a regulation gun club should own."