Bobby Shmurda Opted For a Longer Prison Sentence So Rowdy Rebel’s Would Be Shortened
Bobby takes one for the team
In December of 2014, an NYPD task force stormed Quad Studios in New York City, and arrested Brooklyn rappers Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel, and 11 of their associates on a slew of charges, ranging from murder and attempted murder to felony drug and gun charges. Shmurda and Rebel have been behind bars since the arrest, while their trials were repeatedly pushed back, and while Shmurda’s proposed bail packages were shot down by the courts.
Finally, about a week ago, Shmurda and Rebel accepted plea agreements that would keep them behind bars for 7 years each. Shmurda’s optimistic attorney revealed to the press that he hoped Bobby would only be in prison for 3.5 years however, citing time served as something he hoped the court would take into account. In a recent interview with Complex, the first interview with Shmurda and Rebel since they accepted their plea deals, Shmurda revealed that he was on tap to do even less time, but his loyalty to his friend and GS9 crew-mate, Rowdy, was too strong.
Why did you take the plea deal?
BS: I did it for Rowdy. They offered me five 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.
While Shmurda was brought up on charges of reckless endangerment, conspiracy and felony gun charges, Rebel was facing the more severe charges of criminal use of a firearm and attempted murder. Both rappers’ looked to serve at least 10-15 years in jail, but Shmurda’s deal appears to guarantee Rebel another chance at freedom before he turns 30.
Shmurda and Rebel discussed other aspects of their arrest and subsequent court dealings throughout the interview. The following is one particularly interesting bit from Shmurda, who illustrates how little faith he had in a fair trial–something that likely contributed largely to his decision to plead out.
If you hadn’t taken the deal, how much time were you guys looking at?
BS: The judge wasn’t really playing fair because he was letting a lot of stuff into court that wasn’t supposed to be. The only witnesses the DA had against us were lying cops. We had detectives lying, saying they seen us with guns in our hands, but when everything came back there was no DNA, no fingerprints, no nothing. My lawyer told me we don’t want to go to court in Manhattan with these white people because they’re going to be looking at me, a little black kid. Who are they going to believe, the word of this black kid talking about shooting shit up or the word of white officers? A jury is going to believe cops all day. We’re black kids, these are white people with badges.
You can read the full interview here.