Kodak Black (born Dieuson Octave) appeared in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida courtroom on May 4. The 19-year-old rapper received his sentence for violating his probation.
Black received 364 days in jail but according to Sun Sentinel may only serve a month of his sentence only if he completes life skills courses in jail.
Black addressed the court and said that his recent trip to jail is a “reality check” for him. Black also took the opportunity to give a heartfelt apology to his mother for causing her pain and Michael Kushner of Atlantic Records, his label, who offered to give him a full-time mentor and advisor.
Kushner from Atlantic Records says the label is willing to hire a full-time mentor and advisor to give Kodak Black guidance/structure
— Brett Clarkson (@BrettClarkson_) May 4, 2017
Black was arrested in February on six felony counts of probation violations after taking unauthorized trips. State prosecutors were initially pushing for the maximum of eight years sentence. However, Judge Michael Lynch gave Black a much less sentence despite the fact that he was found guilty of five of the charges.
The rapper was put on five years of strict probation and one year of house arrest in 2016 by Judge Lisa Porter after Black was arrested on eight charges. His charges included robbery, false imprisonment and marijuana possession. Black was told he could only leave his Pembroke home for recording and performing. Also, the rapper was required to submit an itinerary to his probation officer and get all work-related activities pre-approved.
Sandra Friedman, Black’s probation officer, spoke on his behalf during the hearing and stated that Black was “polite, honest, and generally good” about getting her his itinerary. However, she added that he needed more structure.
Black’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, insists he will appeal the conviction.
However, the rapper still has legal issues on his hands. Black is facing a charge of criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room in February 2016. If found guilty, he will face a maximum sentence of 30 years.