When Kodak Black pleaded guilty to charges stemming from falsifying a federal gun application, he was facing 10 years in prison. And now his fate has been determined after appearing in a Miami federal court on Wednesday.
U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno gave the 23-year-old a sentence of three years and 10 months, and while doing so he also brought up his criminal past.
“Young people do stupid things,” said the judge. “But the problem is that you’ve been doing stupid things since you were 15.”
Black, who’s originally from Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested on May 11 as he was heading to Miami’s Rolling Loud festival to perform. And he’s been locked up ever since.
Prosecutors said the “ZeZe” rapper checked “no” on a gun application that asked if he’s ever been indicted and it wasn’t a mistake. Black then tried to buy a .380 caliber handgun from a Miami-area gun store, as well as a 9-millimeter pistol and a semi-automatic Mini Draco.
And even though he wasn’t charged for it, one of those guns was tied to a March shooting in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Prosecutors wanted the judge to give Black an eight-year sentence because he injured a corrections officer during a jail fight. But the judge cut him a break, because he said Black has been giving money to charitable causes, which he can still do from prison if he chooses.
“My suggestion would be you continue to be generous,” the judge told him.
Black also spoke during the court session and issued an apology.
“I’m sorry for the actions that led me for where I’m standing,” he stated. “I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”
Black is also dealing with a sexual assault charge out of South Carolina, where a woman said he raped her in 2016 in a hotel room.
Plus he was arrested in April of this year in Lewiston, New York, after police found a Glock 9mm handgun and marijuana in his vehicle.