October 19, 2016


Bobby Shmurda Officially Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

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UPDATE #2 (10/19): Bobby Shmurda is now officially sentenced to seven years, according to Billboard. The decision was announced in a Manhattan court on Wednesday. "I was forced to take this sentence, I did not want to take this sentence," the rapper reportedly said in court. "I was forced by my attorney to take this plea." Billboard states Shmurda has the possibility to be released around this time in 2021.

UPDATE #1 (9/9): Shmurda's attorney has issued a statement (via SPIN) saying that the rapper's pretrial prison time counts toward his sentence, and that "will hopefully permit him to be home in approximately 3 1⁄2 years and resume his remarkable career."

ORIGINAL STORY: Bobby Shmurda has entered a plea deal in his murder conspiracy case that has landed the man born Ackquille Pollard seven years in prison.

According to TMZ, the “Hot N---a” rapper pled guilty to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon. He was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder and various drug charges, all of which were dismissed. Shmurda will get five years of probation in addition to his prison time. He has been in jail since 2014.

The Brooklyn MC became a viral sensation in 2014 with “Hot N---a,” which hit the Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart and inspired the “Shmoney dance.” His debut album, Shmurda She Wrote, was released through Epic Records in November 2014.