Lil Wayne, Kodak Black Get Last Minute Presidential Pardons

Just after midnight, President Trump issued presidential pardons to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black  as he was packing his bags to leave the White House. 

New Orleans YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne  got a full pardon to rapper Lil Wayne. He was free on $250,000 bond but had faced up to ten years in prison if he was convicted.

Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., pleaded guilty in December to illegally possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon after a gold-plated handgun was found in a bag he had on board a chartered flight to Miami, the Miami Herald reported. 

In issuing the pardon, the White house noted:

“Mr. Carter has exhibited generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks,” the White House said. Former NFL star Deion Sanders urged the pardon calling Lil Wayne “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer,” according to the midnight statement.

South Florida bred rapper Kodak Black, who has been locked up in Thompson, Illinois on a three-year federal sentence for falsifying information on a document used to buy guns from a Miami gun shop received a commutation. This means, he will be released from prison. Black was arrested in back in May 2019, just before he was about to perform at the Rolling Loud Festival.

In announcing the pardon, the White House stated, “President Trump granted a commutation to Bill Kapri, more commonly known as Kodak Black”. “Kodak Black is a prominent artist and community leader. This commutation is supported by numerous religious leaders, including Pastor Darrell Scott and Rabbi Schneur Kaplan.”  The statement also cited the support of Lamar Jackson, a Broward County high school football legend who went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens.


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