Bobby Shmurda Takes Plea Bargain on Weapons Charges, Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Published Sep 09, 2016Instead of going to trial this Monday (September 12), rapper Bobby Shmurda has accepted the terms of an early plea bargain in his long-pending conspiracy case. After submitting his guilty plea on weapons charges, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
TMZ reports that the Brooklyn native's deal led him to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon. After he was arrested in 2014, he was charged with other infractions including conspiracy to commit murder, and drug charges, but those were dismissed in court.
The terms of the deal have left Shmurda with a seven-year prison sentence and five years probation. He's been in jail since the end of 2014, and will have the last 20 months counted as time served. A statement from the hip-hop artist's lawyer, Alex Spiro, notes that it's possible his client could be released early.
"His sentence of 7 years, with credit for 2 years already served and good time credit will hopefully permit him to be home in approximately three-and-a-half years and resume his remarkable career," Spiro told FADER, adding that the plea also covers "a separate Bronx Indictment."
As previously reported, the rapper had been picked up by police at New York City's Quad City Studios. At the time, the New York Police Department's Director of Public Information Kati Cornell had explained that the bust, which also targeted other members of Shmurda's GS9 crew, had been in the works for some time. The police accused the rapper to have been involved in a wave of shootings, among other criminal activities.
Over the last year-and-a-half, Shmurda had several bail requests turned down, and even had pharma player/media troll Martin Shkreli offer to pay the necessary funds to get the rapper out of jail.