22-year-old rapper, Bobby Shmurda, has accepted a plea deal alongside his co-defendants Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall and Nicholas McCoy from the New York Supreme Court on Friday September 9th. Shmurda, born as Ackquille Pollard, plead guilty to murder conspiracy as well as several drug and weapon possession charges in connection with gangs. He will serve a seven year sentence and five years of probation. An additional defendant, Santino Boderick, was facing an additional charge of attempted assault, resulting in a minimum plea deal of 15 years. The deal was dependent on all four of the defendants accepting.
According to TMZ, who were present in the court hearing, overheard Shmurda’s lawyer insist for his client and the other two defendants to take to the plea deal because the jury will not be sympathetic and they were facing life in prison.
Since the night of their arrest in December 2014, the Brooklyn-born rapper has been in jail for 2 years. Under the plea deal, Shmurda will not be allowed to appeal but will receive credit for the time already served leaving five years left on his sentence. On a slightly lighter note, a new statement from his lawyer Alex Spiro, said “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 3 1⁄2 years and resume his remarkable career. This plea also covers a separate Bronx Indictment.”
Shmurda, Marshall, and McCoy will be sentenced on October 19th.
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