Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda has been denied parole and is expected to continue serving time behind bars until the end of next year.
According to Variety, the rapper born Ackquille Pollard had reported for a September 15 hearing in front of the New York Board of Parole to appeal for early release. He was eventually denied parole and will continue to be held in custody until the maximum expiration of his sentence on December 11, 2021.
The parole hearing was initially set to take place in August but was postponed to this month. Per TMZ, the 26-year-old rapper had previously been “optimistic” about the verdict and planned to hit the studio to work on new music after he was released. He had also wanted to produce a documentary about his life, according to his mother Leslie Pollard.
Pollard, who’s best known for his 2014 hit song “Hot N*gga,” was arrested in December that year on gang conspiracy and gun and drug charges. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison. During that court hearing, Pollard said that he was “forced” to take a plea deal offered by his prosecutors. “I did not want to take this sentence,” he said. “I was forced by my attorney to take this plea.”
Although he was incarcerated at the time, Pollard appeared on the track “Stoopid” from Tekashi 6ix9ine’s 2018 album Dummy Boy. The rapper dropped his debut EP Shmurda She Wrote just months before he was arrested.