Jailed rapper Bobby Shmurda's acceptance of a plea deal in his murder conspiracy case was a ploy to reduce a friend's jail term.
The hip-hop newcomer, real name Ackquille Jean Pollard, agreed to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon last week (end11Sep16), with a count of conspiracy to commit murder among the charges dropped as part of the deal.
After his admission of guilt Bobby was sentenced to seven years in prison, as was his friend and co-defendant Rowdy Rebel, real name Chad Marshall.
In his first interview since his conviction the musician, who has been incarcerated since December 2014 as he was refused bail, has claimed he only admitted the weapons charges to reduce his pal's jail time.
"I did it (plead guilty) for Rowdy," the musician tells Complex magazine. "They offered me five (years) and offered Rowdy 12. They said the only way they'll give him seven is if I took seven too. So, you know, I had to take one for the dawgs (friends)."
Bobby maintained his innocence after his arrest, denying prosecutors' claims he was the mastermind behind the GS9 street gang, who they alleged were responsible for a number of shootings in the 22-year-old's native Brooklyn.
Despite pleading guilty, the star still claims he should not have had a case to answer, saying New York police officers only found weapons in the vicinity of his home rather than on his person.
"All the guns they (the police) found were from around the neighbourhood in garbage cans and s**t like that," he adds. "They didn't find anybody with guns on them. If they don't catch no gun on you then there's no case."
Bobby and Rowdy, 24, face another five years in jail after having the almost two years they have already served deducted from their sentences.
Despite being locked up Bobby is still making plans for the future as he explains, "I'm rapping, I'm acting, I'm going to have some books out. I want people to hear my story, they're gonna feel my pain."
The actor says he isn't "holding out for more money or doing anything like that".
The drama will be making its return to the streaming service in the near future.
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