“Hot N***a” Rapper Pled Not Guilty To Perjury, Prison Contraband Charges; Faces Seven Years In Prison
Troubled rapper Bobby Shmurda has been indicted on charges of possessing a jailhouse shiv— and then lying to the grand jury about it.
But Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, told Judge George Villegas that he didn’t do it during his arraignment July 23 in Bronx Criminal Court.
“Not guilty,” the shackled Shmurda, surrounded by court officers, told the judge.
Prosecutors believe he indeed had the homemade knife, and then had the gall to lie to the grand jury about it. If Shmurda is convicted of the top charges — felony perjury and promoting prison contraband in the first degree—he’ll face up to seven years in prison. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office did not offer Shmurda a plea deal on the charges.
Shmurda, clad in an orange jail jumpsuit, looked downcast and almost on the verge of tears during the five minute arraignment. He frequently kept his head down, and bit his lip.
Cops rearrested the Brooklyn man in New York’s Riker’s Island jail last month, after a corrections officer said he saw Shmurda’s gal pal, Kimberly Rousseau take a “sharp metal object” out of her bra and pass it to him during a jailhouse visit, according to the indictment.
Rousseau, 18, pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband the day before.
Despite his success with the song “Hot N***a,” Shmurda convinced the courts that he’s so broke that he can’t afford a lawyer. Lawyer Julia Mattson, from Legal Aid, is now representing him for free. Legal Aid is a charity that provides free legal services to low income New Yorkers. Mattson said she’d just been appointed Shmurda’s lawyer and his arraignment was his first time meeting him. She declined to comment.
Shmurda has been locked up on an unrelated case since last December on gang conspiracy, weapons and drug charges. In that case, prosecutors allege he was the ringleader of the “GS9” gang that, in 2013, wreaked havoc across Brooklyn with shootings and drug sales.
After his plea, the judge sent him back from the cells.
Besides the media, the the only others in the courtroom were a hoard of college interns from the criminal courts and district attorney’s office, who packed one pew near the front to see the fallen rap star up close.
Shmurda is due back in court in October.
Bronx District Attorney’s Office