A Manhattan judge sentenced Bobby Shmurda to seven years in NY state prison on Wednesday morning, following the rapper’s December 2014 arrest and subsequent criminal charges stemming from his activities with a;drug-related gang. But before the judge could hand down the sentence, Shmurda requested in court that he want to back out of the plea deal that he took last month.
In a jailhouse interview past year with The New York Times, Shmurda criticized his label, Epic Records, for not helping him pay his $2 million bail. Shmurda protested the plea and the sentence in court, but due to specific stipulations in the deal he has waived his right to appeal. Before taking the deal, Bobby Shmurda was facing 25 years to life imprisonment.
2021 is Shmurda’s projected release date because of the two years he’s spent in prison awaiting trial, according to the Billboard report he has no parole opportunities. “I do not want to take this plea”. He also was featured in a viral music video that popularized the “Shmoney dance”.
Authorities arrested Shmurda in late 2014 after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall, only days after he performed “Hot Boy” for a national television audience on “Jimmy Kimmel Live“. Investigators found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a vehicle in which he was riding, authorities said.
Shumrda, best known for the hit “Hot Boy” and the “Shmoney Dance” video with Rowdy Rebel, which has more than 15 million views on YouTube. An indictment charged Shmurda and the other defendants with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. In a jailhouse interview previous year with The New York Times, Shmurda criticized his label, Epic Records, for not helping him pay his $2 million bail. Even with the full support of his label Epic and a powerful team of lawyers, Shmurda said the Manhattan judge “looked at us as black thugs”.