Rapper Bobby Shmurda is trying to protest a plea deal that was handed down on Wednesday by a judge in New York. He was hit with seven years for his role in gang activity.
Shmurda yelled out “I wanna take my plea deal back!” during sentencing at a Manhattan Supreme Court. He also exclaimed that his attorney forced him to take a plea.
“Take it back,” Shmurda insisted. “I don’t want the plea.”
But Judge Abraham Clott said Shmurda never filed an official request to change his plea, and sentenced the rapper – whose “Shmoney Dance” became the hottest dance craze in years – to a total of seven years in prison for reckless endangerment and gang conspiracy.
Last month, Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, agreed to the seven year plea deal, along with his co-defendants Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall and Alex McCoy. Another co-defendant, Santino Broderick, is taking his chances at trial. Shmurda admitted his role as the head of gang GS9, which terrorized Brooklyn with shootings and drug sales for nearly two years. But he said Wednesday that he took the deal under duress, and wanted to withdraw it.
Shmurda’s mom also said that he had initially turned a plea agreement which would have only had him facing 4 years in prison.