Rapper pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges in August
UPDATE: Attorneys for Kodak Black filed a notice Wednesday that they plan to appeal the rapper’s 46-month prison sentence, which was handed down last week. A potential hearing has yet to be set and Kodak Black’s lawyers did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
The rapper, real name Bill K. Kapri, could have received a maximum of 10 years in prison. The state requested 46 to 57 months, while Kapri’s lawyers pushed for 37 to 44 months or fewer.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Kapri’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen said, “Compared to what he was looking at, compared to what he received, I think that he’s relieved in terms of the judge not going along with what the government wanted. The judge weighed very heavily his charitable donations, the good things he’s done for certain communities in South Florida and around the country.”
Cohen also said the judge took into consideration his explanations for Kapri’s prior criminal history, such as a robbery and kidnapping case. Cohen noted the alleged incident took place when Kapri was 16 or 17, and that it came about after five people allegedly broke into Kapri’s mom’s home and allegedly assaulted her. Cohen said Kapri then “went around the neighborhood collecting them all up, that’s why he got a kidnapping — he made them apologize to his mom.”
Kapri was arrested ahead of his scheduled appearance at Miami’s Rolling loud festival in May, and was accused of using false information on federal forms to purchase three firearms from a gun shop in Miami. Authorities claimed one of those weapons was found at the scene of a shooting in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Kapri originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $550,00 bond and house arrest, but federal prosecutors appealed the decision and the rapper was incarcerated without bond. The judge overseeing the appeal called Kapri “a danger to the community” and suggested he wouldn’t be able to stay out of trouble even under house arrest.
Kapri previously served seven months in a Florida prison on charges of marijuana possession, child neglect, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In Florida, Kapri has also been previously charged at various times with weapons possession, armed robbery, sexual assault, probation violations and fleeing from officers. He also faces drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states.
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