Ackquille Pollard, bka rapper Bobby Shmurda, accepted a plea deal last month, avoiding a trial for conspiracy to commit murder plus various drug and weapons charges. As part of the deal he agreed to a seven-year prison sentence, which Shmurda said he accepted in order to help out his fellow GS9 group member Rowdy Rebel: “I did it for Rowdy. They offered me five and offered Rowdy 12. They said the only way they’ll give him seven is if I took seven too. So, you know, I had to take one for the dawgs.” But upon his official sentencing today in New York, Shmurda indicated that his lawyer “forced” him to take the deal against his wishes. Billboard reports that Shmurda told the court, “I was forced to take this sentence, I did not want to take this sentence. I was forced by my attorney to take this plea.” He also told Judge Abraham Clott, “They lied to me.”
With time served, Shmurda could be out around this time in 2021. As part of the plea deal, he agreed to waive his right to an appeal.
— Jennifer Cunningham (@jhcunningham) October 19, 2016