New York rapper Bobby Shmurda has formally accepted a seven-year prison sentence. The incarcerated hip-hop artist appeared in court Wednesday (October 19) and received his bid.
During his appearance, Shmurda publicly ripped his attorney over accepting his bid.
“I was forced to take this sentence. I don’t want to take this sentence,” Shmurda told the judge as flustered lawyer Alex Spiro stood alongside him in the courtroom. “I want to drop my plea.” The rapper then addressed his lawyer directly as the tension filled the room: “I want to drop my plea and fire you … Why are you telling me to waive my rights? I am not waiving my rights.” (New York Daily News)
Bobby recently said fans should expect him to resume his entertainment career following the jail stint.
“I’m rapping, I’m acting, I’m going to have some books out. I want people to hear my story, they’re gonna feel my pain. I have three years to make a book happen. I got love for 50 Cent, I got love for DMX, but my movie’s gonna be better than Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Belly put together, and it’s gonna be a true story. And I swear, I feel bad for somebody’s daughter because her back is gonna need some new bones and her vagina gonna need a tombstone. [Laughs.] They ain’t never gonna take my joy.” (Complex)
A few days prior, Bobby’s lawyer suggested his client would not serve the full seven years.
Mr. Pollard’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said in a statement that the rapper would receive credit for time served, which would “hopefully permit him to be home in approximately three and a half years and resume his remarkable career.” (New York Times)
Last month, buzz developed about Shmurda agreeing to a plea deal.
Rapper Bobby Shmurda, born Ackquille Jean Pollard, and two co-defendants, Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall and Nicholas McCoy, have accepted a plea deal from the prosecution in a court hearing today, agreeing to serve seven years in prison rather than risk trial, which had been scheduled to begin the jury selection process Monday (Sept. 12). (Yahoo! Music)