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Rapper Kodak Black will be serving more than three years behind bars after pleading guilty to a weapons-related charge earlier this year.
A judge sentenced the 22-year-old hip hop star on Wednesday, November 13, to 46 months in federal prison, The New York Times reports.
Black, who was born Dieuson Octave but goes by the name Bill Kapri, was arrested in May prior to a scheduled performance, and then charged with falsifying information on federal forms to purchase firearms, the Associated Press previously reported. He reached a plea deal in August, changing his not guilty plea to a guilty one and admitting to using false information twice in order to buy a total of four guns, according to the outlet.
Black, who provided false answers in a background check needed to purchase the guns, initially faced a 10-year sentence, according to The Times. Two of those guns were later recovered at crime scenes, prosecutors have claimed; Black has not been charged in relation to either of those incidents.
Black has also been accused of behaving badly in jail, having allegedly been involved, while under the influence of a substance of some sort, in a fight with other inmates, and then attacking the corrections officer who tried to separate the inmates. This allegedly caused enough damage to send the officer to the hospital with a hernia, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The rapper’s defense team argued that Black had been drugged prior to the alleged altercation, and ultimately, the judge opted not to factor in those allegations when deciding on Black’s sentence, the outlet reports.
Black has faced a number of charges related to drugs and firearms in the past, and is in the midst of other criminal proceedings, including an alleged sexual assault in 2016, The Sun Sentinel reports.
The “ZeZe” rapper apologized for his crimes prior to receiving his sentence, reportedly remarking in court, “I’m sorry for the actions that led me for where I’m standing. I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”
Black, known for songs like “Roll In Peace” and “Tunnel Vision,” released his second album, “Dying to Live,” in December. He referenced his prison sentence on Instagram Wednesday, posting photos of himself in what looks to be a jail uniform and writing in the caption, “Hold It Down While I’m On Lock. Calling Shots From The Box.”
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