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Rapper Kodak Black sentenced to 46 months in prison on federal weapons charges

Jack Brook, Miami Herald on

Published in Entertainment News

MIAMI -- A Miami federal judge sentenced Florida rapper Kodak Black to three years and 10 months in prison Wednesday on weapons charges, far less than the maximum 10-year sentence he could have received.

"Young people do stupid things and I normally give them a break for that," Judge Federico Moreno told Black. "The problem is that you have been doing stupid things since 15."

Black, 22, had pleaded guilty in August to lying on a background form when he purchased handguns at a Hialeah weapons store in January, and again in March when he attempted to buy more guns. He apologized to the court as well as to his family and friends.

"I'm sorry for the actions that led me to where I'm standing," said Black, handcuffed. "I do take full responsibility for my mishap."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown argued that Black's recent actions were not those of a man reformed, and he urged for an eight-year sentence. He cited an incident on Oct. 29 in which Black, while incarcerated, had reportedly fought with a corrections officer.

After being pepper-sprayed, Black punched the guard twice and then grabbed the guard's testicles and held on "to the point where his abdomen and intestinal wall were breached," an FBI agent testified. Black was reportedly under the influence of drugs and required four officers to restrain him, the agent said. No charges have yet been filed, the prosecutor said.

 

The judge noted the incident, but said the hearing was focused on Black's false statements on the mandatory Firearms Transaction Record. The form asks applicants if they are facing an indictment for a felony that could result in being sent to prison for more than a year. Black remains under indictment on charges of criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina, an ongoing case from 2016 in which he faces a maximum 30-year sentence. But the rapper said he had no felony charges when he filled out the background form to buy guns at Lou's Police Distributors.

The purchases were approved the first time because Black, whose legal name is Bill K. Kapri, did not use his actual Social Security number. In March, Black used the correct number on the form and was blocked from buying guns after a background check revealed his criminal charges in South Carolina.

One gun Black purchased for more than $2,000 in January, a Sig MPXK9, later showed up at the scene of an attempted shooting with a live round in the chamber and Black's fingerprints on it. The gun had been fired at two homes, including one with three children inside. Black was reportedly targeting a rival rap artist.

A second handgun Black bought from Lou's in January was found in the trunk of a Porsche Panamera crossing the Canada-U.S. border in April. The rapper, driving with his entourage in a different car, was found with 8 grams of marijuana. He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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