Bobby Shmurda Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Reckless Endangerment, Weapons, Faces Eight to 25 Years if Convicted
The rising New York rapper was charged with several felonies today.
Bobby Shmurda's attorney Howard Greenburg addresses reporters
Fourteen members of the Brooklyn GS9 Crip gang, including rising star Bobby Shmurda, were indicted earlier today. Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, was charged with various felonies including murder, assault, three weapons charges, and drug trafficking. He plead "not guilty." [Correction: Members of GS9 were directly charged with murder, while Shmurda was charged with reckless endangerment, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree, and one count of criminally using drug paraphernalia.]
The bail for Pollard was set at $2 million, with options for an insurance company bond or cash.
“It’s entertainment; do you know what I mean? Is it my cup of tea? I love my rap music but I am tired of defending it, you know what I mean?,” Shmurda’s attorney, Howard Greenburg told press after the hearing. “In the old days, you could defend why rap is art and you have people say its trash.”
His attorney went on to say that Epic Records is behind Shmurda 100 percent and expects he will be able to travel if the bail is paid.
Pollard, along with 13 others, were arrested at Quad Studios in Midtown New York on December 17, when police raided the space in which GS9 was working. One weapon was found on Pollard, and another automatic weapon was found in a duffle bag. The state claims to have evidence that Pollard orchestrated, and was involved in, attempted murders of rival gang members, and claims to have recordings in which Pollard stated he was in possession of guns.
On December 8, Pollard was pulled over. Crack cocaine as well as marijuana were found in in his vehicle.
Other charges, meanwhile, stem from an earlier incident in which Pollard attempted to shoot his brother, Jarvis, following an argument. The bullet went over his brother’s head and went through the window of a nearby barbershop.
If convicted, the Epic Records recording artist faces eight to 25 years in prison.
Read the full list of charges (via XXL) below.
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