Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda gets seven years in prison after last-second attempt to drop plea deal
Bobby Shmurda took the rap Wednesday — after changing his mind too late.
The hip-hop hitmaker was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday under the terms of a plea deal worked out last month with Manhattan prosecutors.
But a suddenly reluctant Shmurda told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott that his lawyer forced him into accepting the deal against his will.
“I was forced to take this sentence. I don’t want to take this sentence,” Shmurda told the judge as flustered lawyer Alex Spiro stood alongside him in the courtroom. “I want to drop my plea.”
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The rapper then addressed his lawyer directly as the tension filled the room: “I want to drop my plea and fire you … Why are you telling me to waive my rights? I am not waiving my rights.”
His last-ditch pitch fell on deaf ears as Assistant District Attorney Nigel Farinha asked to go forward with the sentencing and Clott imposed the agreed-upon sentence on Shmurda.
The judge rejected Spiro’s request for a three-week delay in imposing sentence. “I don’t see any reason for an adjournment,” the judge declared.
Shmurda, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of weapons possession just days before he was due to stand trial.
The Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, claimed that the gun he was carrying when busted on June 3, 2014, was a prop for a rap video.
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