The out-going President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has reportedly granted pardon to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black in his final hours in the office.
In an official White House statement released late Tuesday night, Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 additional individuals with Lil Wayne and Kodak Black on the list.
Lil Wayne, 38, pleaded guilty in December, 2020 to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019. He faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison having previously served eight months in jail in New York, after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon.
Kodak Black, 23, who was born Bill Kahan Kapri, was sentenced to more than three years in prison on weapons charges in November 2019. He pleaded guilty in August 2019 to knowingly making false written statements when trying to acquire firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.
He admitted to lying on background-check forms while buying multiple firearms. Two of the weapons were later found by police at crime scenes, including one with Black’s fingerprints and a live round in the chamber that had been used to fire at a “rival rap artist.”
US District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami sentenced Kapri to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.