An Update from Mama Shmurda
According to a recent post by his mother, Bobby Shmurda may be getting out of prison as early as 2020. Although the original post seems to have been deleted, screenshots of it seem to be spreading quickly throughout Instagram.
The original post was made the Instagram account ma_ma_shhh, showing Bobby Shmurda and his mother, Leslie Pollard, posing for a picture. The location of the photo is tagged as Clinton Correctional Facility, with the caption of it reading “Had a great visit with my stinky…….Jokes Jokes and more Jokes. 2020 needs to Fast Forward immediately.”
Before his arrest, Bobby Shmurda’s rap career was beginning to take off. In July of 2014, the Brooklyn-based rapper dropped his breakout single, “Hot N**ga”, and signed to Epic Records in the same month. “Hot N**ga” has gained over 425M views on YouTube, and peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. If his name still isn’t ringing any bells, he’s responsible for pioneering the popular Shmoney dance you may have seen blow up on social media a few years back.
Things were looking up for Shmurda until December of 2014, when he was arrested at a Times Square recording studio and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and had his bail set at $2 million. Shmurda and his family tried to arrange for a more viable bail package, but it never came to fruition.
Bobby Shmurda was one of 15 people that were arrested at the studio, which included his brother Javese “Fame” Pollard. Their mother, Leslie Pollard, has gone on record in an interview to note how she feels the courts have been unfairly biased against Bobby and his case.
“It’s something personal with my son. And when I go in the courtroom, I can see it’s very personal against him. When we go up for the appeals, or when we go to request the bail, it’s something very personal against him. What it is, I don’t know… The only thing I can do is pray it off. He can’t stay in there forever. He didn’t kill anybody.”
Bobby Shmurda had originally been facing a maximum sentence of 8–25 years, but ultimately took a plea deal in 2016, in which he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. Shmurda was stuck with another sentence of four years after trying to smuggle a knife into Rikers Island jail. Thankfully, the sentence runs concurrently, meaning he will not have to serve any additional time on top of his current sentence.
The plea deal reduced his sentence to just seven years, which left him five more years to serve after factoring in the two years he had already sat for. Mama Shmurda’s Instagram announcement seems to suggest that Bobby’s good behavior will allow him to be released about a year early. Still, he will be facing five years of probation upon his release.