In May of 2019, rapper Kodak Black was arrested for falsifying information to purchase firearms. Black, whose real name is Bill Kapri, was taken into custody shortly before the Rolling Loud Music Festival, which was held to celebrate hip-hop artists.
Investigators claimed Kapri made false statements to apply for 4 firearms at 2 separate gun shops in Miami. He was able to obtain 3 of the weapons, one of which was found at the scene of a shooting.
Kapri’s attorney stated that his client erroneously reported on the Firearm Transaction Record that he was not currently being indicted for a criminal offense. In Florida, Kapri has been accused of possessing drugs and weapons, armed robbery, and sexual assault. He is also facing criminal charges in other states.
At his initial court hearing, Kapri pleaded not guilty to the charges. When the judge asked why he needed so many weapons, he stated they were for protection. Kapri’s attorney said that as a rapper, his client often faces dangerous situations involving gangs and rivals.
Kapri was initially released on $550,000 bond, and the judge ordered him to house arrest.
However, federal prosecutors successfully appealed the judgment. U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno justified his decision to repeal Kapri’s bond by claiming that the rapper posed a danger to society and had a lengthy criminal history. Kapri has been held in federal custody since.
In August of 2019, Kapri pleaded guilty to the federal weapons charges.
Potential Conviction Penalties
The federal government takes weapons crimes very seriously and harshly prosecutes those accused of committing an offense. The conviction penalties vary depending on the type of crime and whether or not the defendant has a criminal history.
Kapri’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 13, 2019. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Additionally, he faces up to 3 years of probation after his release.
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