Bobby Shmurda will be eligible for release from prison next month, after he was denied parole in September.
According to the New York Times, the 26-year-old born Ackquille Pollard has been deemed eligible for conditional release after a review by the Department of Corrections restored his credit for good behavior. The rapper is set to be released on February 23, and will then serve out the remainder of his sentence on parole.
Last September, Bobby was denied parole due to disciplinary actions that had been taken against him. At the time, the rapper was ordered to serve the full length of his sentence behind bars, until December 11, 2021.
“I’m glad he’s coming home,” Shmurda’s lawyer Alex Spiro told the NYT.
Shmurda was originally sentenced to seven years in prison in 2016, after pleading guilty to conspiracy and weapons possession charges. The “Hot N***a” rapper had been arrested in December 2014, alongside his collaborator Rowdy Rebel, in connection with his supposed role in the New York City-based GS9 gang.
Last month, Rebel was released from the Collins Correctional Facility, where Shmurda is currently being held. The rapper recently shared audio from a recent phone call with Shmurda. “We’ll be right there; don’t even trip,” Shmurda said in the recording. “Welcome home my big bro. You already know, you deserve it.”
Shmurda’s last solo release was his 2014 debut EP, Shmurda She Wrote. The project peaked at number 79 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured hits such as “Hot N***a” and “Bobby Bitch.”