(TMU) – The embattled rapper Bobby Shmurda was hoping that he would be released from prison after his parole hearing last week, but law enforcement sources told TMZ that his parole was denied. The terms discussed at the hearing are unclear, but the source said that Shmurda will likely be held in prison until the end of his sentence, December 11, 2021.
His parole may have been denied because of trouble that he got into while he was behind bars. During his time in prison, Bobby has received at least 11 violations from authorities, which includes violations for drug possession, fighting, and having a shank.
Shmurda was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon on June 3, 2014. Police claim they saw him flashing the gun in an apartment and then say they found the gun after chasing him down. A few months later, on December 17, 2014, police arrested Shmurda and 14 others, including his brother Javese and his fellow GS9 label-mate Rowdy Rebel. Police charged Shmurda with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession. Charges against the others included murder, attempted murder, assault, and selling drugs. Police said that the GS9 label was a “gang” and that Shmurda was the “driving force” in the group.
The arrest took place just a few months after he signed a seven-figure record deal with Epic Records. In November of 2014, he released his debut EP, Shmurda She Wrote, which was less than two months before his arrest.
Shmurda’s case became so controversial because police and prosecutors used his lyrics against him as evidence. James Essig, head of the NYPD unit that made the arrests, said Shmurda’s songs and videos were “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street.”
Shmurda has said that the lyrics represent his real life in several interviews, but the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that lyrics can’t be read at the trial as evidence unless they have a “strong nexus” to a specific crime. Shmurda was forced to take a plea deal because of the weapons and drugs that were found in his possession, despite no evidence that he was guilty of any violence. On September 2, 2016, Shmurda pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. The two years that he served behind bars awaiting trial were counted towards the total, meaning that he had five additional years to serve after sentencing.
While taking the plea, Shmurda told the court that he was forced into accepting the sentence.
“I was forced to take this sentence, I did not want to take this sentence,” Shmurda told the court.
Shmurda’s mother says that he plans on releasing new music as soon as he is out of prison, and he is also planning on making a documentary about his life upon his release. He is currently being held is being held in protective custody at the Clinton Correctional Facility located in Dannemora, New York.
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