Bobby Shmurda Officially Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison
Bobby accepted his prison fate today, but not without incident
Bobby Shmurda’s previously announced jail sentence of 7 years was officially handed down today in court, but not without alleged incident. According to Bossip reporter Jennifer Cunningham, the Brooklyn rapper, who was arrested in December of 2014 on a slew of conspiracy and gun charges, balked momentarily at taking the plea deal that prevents him from having to face 25 years in prison at a potential trial. “I was forced to take this sentence,” blurted Bobby in court, according to multiple reports. The Gothamist reports that Shmurda specifically told the court that his attorney forced him to accept the 7-year sentence.
This development contrasts what Bobby told Complex, who interviewed Shmurda and his GS9 colleague, Rowdy Rebel–who was also arrested in December 2014–shortly after their pair’s sentencing was initially announced. In that interview, published on September 15, Shmurda claimed that he took the plea deal to take heat off Rowdy, who was facing a more severe sentence. (Rowdy’s charges ranged from weapons and conspiracy charges to attempted murder.) “I did it for Rowdy,” Bobby claimed. “They offered me five and offered Rowdy 12. They said the only way they’ll give him seven is if I took seven too. So, you know, I had to take one for the dawgs.”
Regardless of the true reasoning behind it, Shmurda did officially accept the plea deal today, and will seek to be out before seven years pass by. When the deal was initially announced, Shmurda’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, expressed to The Fader that his hope was that Shmurda would be credited for time already served–Bobby’s been behind bars since the night of his arrest–and that Shmurda could continue his “remarkable career” in less than 4 years. Whether or not Spiro and Shmurda’s legal team will be able to achieve that remains to be seen, but thanks to today’s proceedings, the “Hot N*gga” rapper won’t have to worry about facing 25 years in prison.