This morning, rapper Bobby Shmurda was officially sentenced to seven years in prison.
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The sentence comes four weeks after Bobby pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon and second-degree criminal weapons possession. His friends and co-defendants, Rowdy Rebel and Nicholas McCoy, were not in court with him.
In the wake of his sentencing at Manhattan Supreme Court, Bobby said his attorney forced him to take the plea deal: “I was forced to take this sentence, I did not want to take this sentence,” Shmurda told the court. “I was forced by my attorney to take this plea.”
On Sept. 9, days before jury selection for his trial was scheduled to begin and almost two years since the arrest, Shmurda accepted the prosecution’s “global plea deal,” which reduced his, Rowdy’s and McCoy’s maximum possible sentences from 15 years. A further five years of post-release supervision is also part of the deal.
Bobby and his mom insist he was lied to and not provided his full rights.
But in court today, Shmurda appeared upset, at one point saying, “They lied to me” as Judge Abraham Clott denied a request for adjournment. The rapper’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, had asked for a delay on official sentencing, citing that Shmurda had not been interviewed prior to sentencing because on the scheduled date the jail was on lockdown, and also citing comments made to the media recently of which he had only recently become aware.
After the hearing, the 22-year-old’s mother, Leslie Pollard, said she was disappointed, but not surprised, by the judge’s actions. “You don’t have any rights in that courtroom,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s disappointing.”
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