Bobby Shmurda Pleads Guilty in Murder Conspiracy Case; Rapper Receives Prison Sentence

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Back in 2014, Bobby Shmurda was arrested in a sting operation tied to several drug-dealing syndicates and at least one murder.

Bobby Shmurda on Stage

Police said that the rapper (real name Ackquille Jean Pollard), just 20 years old at the time, was a "driving force" behind several shootings and an important figure in gang that allegedly distributed drugs throughout Pollard's native Brooklyn.

Now, it looks as though the 22-year-old will spend many of the best years of his life behind bars.

TMZ is reporting that moments ago, Pollard pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and several drug and weapons charges.

According to the terms of his plea deal, Pollard will reportedly receive a sentence of seven years in prison and five on probation.

There's no word yet on if or when he'll be eligible for early release.

A TMZ producer was in the courtroom and claims that Pollard's lawyer implored Pollard and his alleged co-conspirators to accept the deal.

Bobby Shmurda Image

The attorney reportedly told the young defendants that they were facing life in prison and were unlikely to find a sympathetic jury.

Pollard has maintained his innocence since his arrest in December of 2014, just five months after the release of his first and only hit single, "Hot N--ga".

Shmurda insists that he was framed by the arresting officers, who were angry about the anti-police nature of his lyrics.

The cops who apprehended him, however, claim that Pollard had a gun in his hand when they burst into his NYC apartment with a warrant.

One investigator says that the songs recorded by Shmurda and his crew were "almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the streets."

In the almost two years since his arrest, several celebrities have taken up Pollard's cause, with some of them even sporting "Free Bobby Shmurda" t-shirts at major events.

As his deal will almost certainly prevent Pollard from appealing, it looks like those celebs' pleas fell on deaf ears.

Pollard's attorney, Alex Spiro, reportedly declined to comment on the case today.

We'll have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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