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Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda to remain in prison until 2021 after being denied parole

Despite hopes for his release, controversial rapper Bobby Shmurda has been denied parole and will remain in prison for the duration of his sentence.

A judge remains unconvinced that Bobby Shmurda is properly rehabilitated, and as of last week, he has been denied parole. The 26-year-old Brooklyn rapper will have to serve out his full sentence and remain in prison until December 2021.

It comes as those close to him held high hopes for his early release, with his mother Leslie Pollard expressing earlier this year that she was “very confident” that he would be let out on parole. Reportedly, Shmurda even already had plans to release new music.

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Bobby Shmurda was arrested back in 2014 alongside fourteen others including his brother and GS9 label-mate, Rowdy Rebel. Shmurda was charged with gang conspiracy, as well as drug and gun-related charges including conspiracy to murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Police had allegedly been investigating GS9 (which also doubled as a gang) for some time. They had been known for various criminal antics including shooting at crowds, dealing crack, and waging gang wars – all of which were depicted in Shmurda’s songs and videos. Following his arrest, Shmurda faced a maximum sentence of 8–25 years. He pled not guilty.

Fast forward to 2020, the rapper would have been eligible for release. However, his less than desirable track record during his incarceration may have been a factor in his denied parole. Throughout his time in jail, Shmurda has chalked up more than ten violations for incidents including drug possession, fighting, possessing a weapon, and more, including one instance in 2015 when he and his ex-girlfriend attempted to smuggle a knife into Rikers Island jail.

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