A Timeline of the Kodak Black Legal Issues That Have Landed Him In Trouble Over The Past Couple of Years
While the list of accomplishments for Kodak Black has continued to grow, so too has his criminal rap sheet. Prior to him turning 18 there’s not much we know that hasn’t been sealed, but we do know that he spent time in a detention center and was placed on probation. Since then the Kodak Black legal issues have piled up.
Here’s what we know since. A look at the Kodak Black legal issues over the last couple of years, as printed in Unbolted Magazine:
October 2015: Stopped by police for traffic violation. Was driving with a suspended license and police found marijuana in the car. Arrested on an outstanding warrant.
April 2016: Kodak Black arrested on marijuana and weapons charges after police witnessed him purchasing marijuana. He then tried to escape in his car.
May 18, 2016: Kodak Black arrested on warrants for charges from the previous year that included robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and driving without a driver’s license in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
August 2016: Sentenced to one year on house arrest and five years of probation for Ft. Lauderdale incident.
Was supposed to be released but remained in lock-up because of multiple warrants.
September 2016: Kodak was sentenced to 120 days in and Florida jail after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor drug charges. He pled a misdemeanor charge of possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and a second misdemeanor charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
November 2016: Was set to be released from September sentencing, but instead was transferred to Florence, South Carolina to face charges of criminal sexual conduct.
The accusation from the Florence arrest stems from an incident on February 6th. The warrant says the then 18 year-old Kodak Black assaulted a woman who had just attended one of his shows. Kodak “forced the victim onto the bed in the room and then onto the floor of the room,” according to the Sun Sentinel. He then “attacked the victim orally” and penetrated her.
The victim says she told Kodak to stop repeatedly, but he didn’t. Instead he bit her on the chest and neck, bites were confirmed by a sexual assault kit. The victim identified Kodak Black as her attacker.
The charges hold a possible sentence of 30 years in prison.
December 1, 2016: He was released from prison after posting $100k bail for the South Carolina incident.
January 2017: Kodak Black hops on Instagram live in a visual showing a half naked woman performing oral sex on members of his entourage. She’s the one woman on the video and even with consent the visual is incredibly damaging to the character of the rapper with an open rape case.
February 2017: Kodak Black arrested for violating his probation from August sentencing (for the May charges).
January 2018: A live stream on Kodak Black’s Instagram feed showed the rapper in his Broward home, surrounded by drugs and weapons with his child nearby.
He was arrested for grand theft of a firearm, two charges of possession of a weapon or ammo by a Florida delinquent adult felon, possession of cannabis over 20 grams, child neglect without great bodily harm, and two counts of parole violation.
A month later, his lawyers were able to get the charges of grand theft, child neglect, and possession of a weapon by a felon dropped.
April 2018: Kodak Black sentenced to 364 days in jail for January charges. This time while in prison he earned a GED and changed his legal name to Bill K. Kapri. He was released in August 2018.
April 2019: Kodak Black and three others were arrested after they allegedly tried crossing the U.S.-Canada border near Buffalo with guns and marijuana.
May 2019: Kodak Black arrested on weapons charges at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.
November 2019: Kodak Black sentenced to 46 months in prison on Wednesday November 13th on weapons charges stemming from the May arrest. The 22-year-old rapper entered a guilty plea in August for lying on a background check when he bought guns in January. He then lied again two months later when he wanted to purchase more weapons.
Now, let’s be clear, every accusation isn’t automatically a crime committed and these Kodak Black legal issues are not all things we should instantly be worried about. However, Kodak does seem like an easy target… for obvious reasons, and the fact is, his rise to fame has put an even bigger target on his back.
To put things in perspective with young artists, most recently, rapper Freddie Gibbs caught a rape charge all the way out in Austria. It took over 4 months to fully clear him of all charges. But he was cleared.
January 2021: President Trump issued a commutation of Kodak Black’s sentence of 46 months. He had served almost half his sentence before the commutation.
April 2021: Kodak Black was handed an 18-month probation sentence after entering a guilty plea to first-degree assault and battery in connection to the 5-year-old incident that transpired between himself and an underage girl in a Florence S.C. hotel in February of 2016. Kodak also has to pay a $125 fine and is ordered to complete counseling.
The charges were changed so that it was no longer a sexual offense.
Originally posted: April 10, 2017
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