Bobby Shmurda Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:43:22
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Bobby Shmurda was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday. Despite the rapper's attempt to secure an overturning of his previous arranged plea deal, New York state court Justice Abraham Clott denied Shmurda's request, enforcing a seven-year term, agreed upon in September.
"I want to withdraw my plea," Shmurda said during his sentencing in a Manhattan courtroom, according to NBC New York. "I was forced by my attorney to take the plea. I was forced."
Billboard reports that in Shmurda's original plea deal, established almost two years since his arrest, the rapper pleaded guilty to 4th-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon, and 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession.
Shmurda was arrested outside Manhattan's Quad Recording studios in December 2014. The rapper was accused of leading GS9, an offshoot of the Crips gang, which police claimed was responsible for several shootings, including one murder. Fourteen others, including the rapper's brother Jayese, were arrested that month.
As reported in the NY Daily News, Shmurda claimed in court that he was forced to accept the plea deal. "I want to drop my plea and fire you," he reportedly told his lawyer, Alex Spiro. "Why are you telling me to waive my rights? I am not waiving my rights."
When first arrested, the rapper's bail was set at $2 million. "I'm crazy about that kid [Shmurda] and I think about him often," label CEO L.A. Reid told the Rap Radar podcast, blaming inaction on the music industry's dismal financial state. His label, Epic Records, was broadly criticised for failing to bail him out.
"When I got locked up, I thought they were going to come for me, but they never came," Shmurda told The New York Times.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff