Troubled Rapper Already Serving Seven Years For His Role In A Brooklyn Gang
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office offered Bobby Shmurda a deal in a case where prosecutors said his gal pal tried to pass him a jailhouse knife and then he lied about it to a Grand Jury.
The Bronx assistant district attorney Tuesday offered Shmurda a deal of 1.3 to four years in state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to an “E” felony. The sentence would likely run concurrently to the current seven-year sentence he is serving for gang conspiracy and weapons offenses. The state made the offer during a hearing in Bronx Supreme Court.
But the downcast looking Shmurda – who was born Ackquille Pollard – asked his new lawyer, Paul London, to talk to Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark about the possible deal, because he didn’t want to be a two-time felon, his attorney said. London, who declined to comment out of court, said during the hearing that he wouldn’t rule out bringing the case to trial.
“I don’t want you to get more time than you already have,” London told Shmurda. “If we’re not able to work out a resolution, then we’ll start discovery and head for trial.”
Prosecutors said Shmurda’s gal pal, Kimberly Rousseau, passed him a “sharpened metal object” during a jail visit to Rikers Island last year. They said he then lied about the incident to the Grand Jury. Rousseau has since pled guilty to promoting prison contraband.
Shmurda, who was dressed in a beige prison jacket and pants, looked straight forward except to talk to his lawyer during the brief hearing. He was flanked by two court officers the entire time.
The troubled rapper was already sentenced to seven years in state prison last month on his gang conspiracy and weapons case and is now incarcerated at New York’s Downstate Prison. In that case, prosecutors alleged he was the leader of the GS9 street gang, which terrorized Brooklyn with drug sales and shootings. He has to serve at least six years and won’t be eligible for parole until 2021.
If this case goes to trial, and he’s convicted, the “Hot N***a” rapper could get seven years in prison on the perjury charge alone.
Shmurda’s mother, Leslie Pollard, told BOSSIP that she’d discuss the deal with her son, but said that she felt like he and other young men were being railroaded into plea deals.
“Nobody wants to sit in jail, but at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” she told us. “All I can do is support him and be there for him.”
Shmurda is due back in court next month.