After a nearly two-year ordeal that involved jail time and postponed trials, rapper Bobby Shmurda has finally received a sentence. After pleading guilty to murder conspiracy, the “Hot N----” rapper will receive seven years in prison and five years of probation. The rapper was facing charges that included conspiracy to commit murder as well as weapons and drug charges.
According to prosecutors, Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, was the “driving force” behind a New York street crew called GS9 which they believed were responsible for dealing drugs and several shootings in Brooklyn. Pollard was originally arrested in December 2014 along with members of GS9 and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment and drug and gun possessions.
The rapper pleaded not guilty and was held on $2 million bail. Police said they had been investigating Pollard and members of his crew for murder and shootings in public places before Pollard became famous. During their raid of the crew, cops were able to recover nearly 20 weapons.
While 2016 has seen rappers such as Gucci Mane and Tru Life emerge from life behind bars, there are still a number of rappers who are in jail:
The brother of Master P and the uncle of Lil Romeo, C-Murder was convicted in 2003 for the beating and shooting of 16-year-old Steve Thomas. After multiple trials, C-Murder was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2001, G-Dep was featured on Diddy’s “The Saga Continues” album and was featured on the hit song, “Let’s Get It.” While the rapper’s career never quite took off after that, he continued making music until 2010, when he turned himself into police. The rapper had confessed to the 1993 shooting of a man in New York City. According to G-Dep, he turned himself in as a way to “get things right between himself and God.” He is currently serving 15 years to life in prison.
Known for his work with Jim Jones and French Montana, Max B was sentenced in 2009 to 75 years in prison on conspiracy charges rising from an armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and murder. The rapper maintains his innocence, telling MTV News in 2010, “I ain't supposed to be in here in the first place. My charges were excessive. I was never at the scene of the crime.”
Similar to Bobby Shmurda, in 2005, Bump J was on his way to becoming a hip-hop star. With a single produced by Kanye West, Bump J’s “Move Around” went on to be included in the “Madden NFL 06” soundtrack as well as a McDonald’s commercial. Following a breakup with his label in 2006, Bump J and an accomplice robbed a Chase Bank for more than $100,000 in 2007. It wasn’t until 2008 that the rapper was arrested. He’s currently serving a 10-year sentence but is expected to be released in the coming months.
Along with Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Turk, B.G. was a member of the popular hip-hop group, the Hot Boys. In 2009, after a routine traffic stop, three guns were found in the rapper’s car. Police also discovered loaded magazine and illegal drugs. In 2012, B.G. was sentenced to 14 years in prison for gun possession and witness tampering.
In a story out of a horror movie, rapper Big Lurch was sentenced in 2002 for murdering Tynisha Ysais and eating parts of her body. Ysais’ body was discovered with her chest torn open and a three-inch blade broken off in her scapula. Teeth marks were found on lungs and face. Big Lurch was found by police, naked in the streets, covered in blood. It’s believed that he had used PCP the day before the murder. He is currently serving a life sentence.