Judge Rules Error Was Made in Kodak Black’s Federal Firearms Case

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Kodak Black could be making headway to be removed from the maximum security prison where he is currently serving time for his federal firearms case.

In court documents obtained by XXL, a judge signed a motion on Monday (June 8) agreeing that the Florida native's criminal history was exaggerated when he was sentenced back in 2019. The initial order, which was filed by Kodak's attorney, Bradford Cohen, last month, states that the rapper pleaded guilty "to a two-count indictment charging him with making a false statement in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of a firearm."

During the rapper's 2019 sentencing, the court agreed that Kodak's history of drug use was "overly stated" and considered his criminal history a category two, despite the Presentence Investigation (PSI) report noting that Kodak's history is a category three.

The original motion, which was to correct a clerical error, also states that despite the court deducting a two-point enhancement, lowering Kodak's categorization, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) disregarded the information disclosed in court and took action based on the PSI report. Thus, designating the 2016 XXL Freshman to serve his sentence at USP Big Sandy maximum security prison in Kentucky.

Cohen spoke with XXL and explained the new development in further detail. "The reason why we filed a Rule 46—Motion to Correct Clerical Error—is because in the PSI, which is a Presentence Investigation report, it listed his prior criminal history as a category level three, which obviously is more serious than a one, two, three is worse," the attorney says, noting that the categories can go up to level six. "But, they used a three in the PSI. The judge agreed with me at the time of sentencing that the level three overstates his criminal history because some of his priors were for like possession of under 20 grams of marijuana."

The categories in which offenders are placed in are based on a scoring system. In Kodak's case, his drug offenses put him in a category that allowed the BOP to put him in a maximum security facility.




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