Fort Lauderdale, FL – Kodak Black (real name Dieuson Octave) was back in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida courtroom early Thursday (May 4) to receive his sentence for violating his probation. The 19-year-old Pompano Beach, Florida native received 364 days in a county jail, but may only have to serve one month his sentence if he is able to complete life skills courses in jail, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Black was given a chance to address the court and stated his most recent trip to jail had been a “reality check” for him. He also apologized to his mother for causing her any pain as well as Michael Kushner Atlantic Records, his label. Kushner even fered to get the troubled artist a full-time mentor and advisor.
The burgeoning rap star was arrested in February on six felony counts probation violations after taking unauthorized trips, including to a Miami-Dade strip club and boxing match in Ohio. State prosecutors were originally pushing for the maximum sentence eight years, but Judge Michael Lynch gave Kodak a more lenient sentence despite the rapper being found guilty five the charges.
In 2016, Judge Lisa Porter put him on five years strict probation as well as one year house arrest after Black was arrested on eight charges, including robbery, false imprisonment and marijuana possession. He was instructed that he could only leave his Pembroke Pines home for recording and performing, and was required to submit an itinerary to his probation ficer and get all work-related activities pre-approved.
His probation ficer, Sandra Friedman, spoke on his behalf during Thursday’s hearing and said Black was “polite, honest, and generally good” about getting her his itinerary, but acknowledged he needed more structure.
During all this, Black fired his two previous attorneys, Gary Kollin and Allan Stephen Zamren, and hired a new one, Bradford Cohen, who insists he will appeal the conviction.
This sentence doesn’t end Black’s legal troubles. He’s still facing a charge criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina, in a case where he is accused sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room in February 2016. He’s facing a maximum sentence 30 years if found guilty.