Bobby Shmurda won't serve more time on contraband charge
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A judge on Friday sentenced rapper Bobby Shmurda, who was already in prison, for receiving a knife while awaiting trial in 2015.
The judge gave Shmurda 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison for promoting prison contraband, but he will serve the sentenced concurrently with the 7-year sentence he is serving upstate for gang conspiracy.
Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, is looking forward to putting everything behind him, his lawyer, Paul London, told reporters outside court. London said that his client wants to be a positive influence for his fans and community.
Pollard is from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He rose to fame under the stage name Bobby Shmurda. Just as his music career was taking off in 2014, he and more than a dozen others were arrested. A female visitor passed him a homemade knife while he was at Rikers Island awaiting trial for gang conspiracy, prosecutors said.
His mother, Leslie Pollard, spoke to Fox 5's Zachary Kiesch by phone Friday. She said she won't feel good until her son is home. She also said Pollard is working on an album and a movie while locked up but is also learning a trade -- flooring -- and works in the commissary.