Jail Time: Bobby Shmurda Pleads Guilty To Murder Conspiracy, Weapon & Drug Charges & Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison
Bobby Shmurda has agreed to seven year prison deal in his gang conspiracy case, capping a saga that stretched for nearly two years and stopping the case from going to trial.
The troubled rapper admitted his role the GS9 gang during a plea hearing Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for the seven year deal, and pled guilty to conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon.
“I plead guilty,” the subdued Shmurda, who was born Ackquille Pollard, told the Judge Abraham Clott before shaking his head and slumping into his seat.
Shmurda conceded that he did have a loaded gun on him when cops raided a Brooklyn apartment he and codefendant Alex McCoy were hanging out in two years ago.
“Now Mr. Pollard, is it your understanding that one June 3, 2014 at 106 Rockaway Parkway, you were in possession of a loaded firearm with someone else?” Judge Clott asked Shmurda.
“Yes your honor,” he replied.
Judge Clott said had Shmurda gone to trial, he would have faced up to 18 years on the weapons and conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors said Shmurda led the violent GS9 street gang, which terrorized Brooklyn with shootings and drug sales for almost two years.
The Office of Special Narcotics initially offered Shmurda and his three codefendants – Alex McCoy, Santino Broderick and Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall – all deals of 7 to 15 years, but said the four men had to take the deal in order to get the green light. But that all changed when Broderick, who was facing more serious charges of attempted assault, balked at the agreement and said he’d take his chances at trial. The other three OK’d the deal, and prosecutors agreed to accept their pleas and exclude Broderick.
Under their plea deal, Shmurda, Marshall and McCoy will serve one to three years in state prison for the conspiracy charge and seven years for criminal possession of a weapon. The sentences will run concurrently, and they’ll also have to each pay a $375 fine. Their deal also means that they can’t appeal the sentence.
Although Smurda, McCoy and Marshall eventually OK’d the seven year deal, they all did so after a lot of coaxing from their lawyers.
“My life is over!” one wailed, although it was unclear who.
“They have nothing!” Shmurda insisted to his lawyer Alex Spiro.
When they get out, they’ll have to go onto probation for five years, and that includes six months in a halfway house.
Broderick, the only codefendant who didn’t take the deal, faces up to life in prison when he his trial begins next week.
Shmurda is due back in court Oct. 19 for sentencing.