After being found of guilty of violating the terms of his parole on April 26, Kodak Black has been sentenced to 364 days in a Broward County jail, Brett Clarkson of The Sun Sentinel reports. The rapper was arrested in Broward County on February 28, after violating the terms of his parole from an August 2016 conviction.
In the courtroom on Thursday, character witnesses — including the rapper's mother, godmother, family friend, and a representative from Atlantic Records — spoke on Kodak Black's behalf, according to Clarkson. The 19-year-old also read a prepared statement, apologizing to family, friends, and those in the courtroom for his behavior. "Depending on the outcome of this case, it can be the beginning of my career, or the end of my career."
Afterwards, the judge handed down the 364-day sentence, adding that if Kodak Black completes a life skills course while in jail, he could be released in about a month. In April, he was found guilt on five counts of violating his parole, including a violation stemming from an alleged assault at a Miami strip club in February. Prosecutors sought an eight-year prison sentence for the violations.
Kodak Black is still facing felony charges in South Carolina for an alleged sexual assault. He was released on bail from a South Carolina jail in December.
A representative for Kodak Black was not immediately available for comment.
Kodak Black said this has been a reality check. Apologizes to his family, friends, the judge, lawyers, prosecutors, and his fans— Brett Clarkson (@BrettClarkson_) May 4, 2017
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
If he doesn't complete the life skills course, he's in for 364 days.— Brett Clarkson (@BrettClarkson_) May 4, 2017