‘Hot Boy’ rap­per Bobby Sh­murda gets 7-year prison sen­tence

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Bobby Sh­murda, a rap­per once on the rise thanks to a vi­ral music video that pop­u­lar­ized the “Sh­money dance,” was sen­tenced to seven years in prison on Wed­nes­day after claim­ing he was rail­roaded into tak­ing a guilty plea on charges he con­spired with a vi­o­lent drug gang.

“I want to with­draw my plea,” a de­fi­ant Sh­murda said dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing in a Man­hat­tan court­room. “I was forced by my at­tor­ney to take the plea. I was forced.”

New York state court Jus­tice Abra­ham Clott de­nied the re­quest and im­posed the seven-year term that was agreed to as part of a plea deal that spared Sh­murda from go­ing to trial on mul­ti­ple counts car­ry­ing penal­ties that could have put him be­hind bars for decades.

The 22-year-old Sh­murda, whose birth name is Ack­quille Pol­lard, is best known for “Hot Boy,” a gritty hit song with rhymes about gun­play.

Bobby Sh­murda

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