MIAMI — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded responsible on Thursday to federal weapons prices stemming from his arrest simply earlier than a scheduled live performance efficiency in Could.
Black entered the change of plea in a Miami federal courtroom. Prosecutors charged him with crimes together with falsifying data on federal types to purchase 4 firearms from a Miami-area gun store on two separate events.
Black, 22, was capable of receive three of the weapons: a 9 mm handgun, a .380-caliber handgun and a semi-automatic Mini Draco weapon. Authorities mentioned one of many weapons was discovered on the scene of a March taking pictures in Pompano Seashore.
Black additionally faces drug, weapons and sexual assault prices in different states.
When U.S. District Choose Federico Moreno requested Black why he wanted so many weapons, he shrugged and mentioned he wanted them for “safety.” In a earlier listening to, his lawyer, Bradford Cohen, mentioned the rapper confronted threats from gangs and different rivals.
Black is a Florida native who was born to Haitian American dad and mom as Dieuson Octave and who now goes by the authorized title of Invoice Kapri.
He has been in federal custody since he was arrested throughout a Miami-area hip-hop pageant in Could that was marred by a number of violent incidents. Authorities are nonetheless investigating three unrelated shootings within the Miami space with doable connections to the pageant, one in every of which concerned a property owned by President Donald Trump.
Moreno beforehand denied Black’s request for bond, ruling that he was a hazard to the group.
The rapper, recognized for the singles “ZeZe” and “Roll in Peace,” might withstand 20 years in jail and a $500,000 wonderful.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 13.