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Rapper Kodak Black pleads guilty to lying to gun dealer, faces up to 10 years in prison

2019-08-23

Rapper Kodak Black performs at the Hollywood Palladium on March 20, 2019. (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Rapper Kodak Black cut a surprise deal with federal prosecutors and admitted Thursday he lied on applications to purchase high-powered guns last January and again in March.

The Florida native whose hit single “ZeZe” features industry superstars Travis Scott and Offset used a fake Social Security number and failed to mention he was under indictment for felony sex assault when he bought a Sig Sauer 9-mm. semiautomatic rifle and two semiautomatic pistols from a store outside Miami on Jan. 25, prosecutors said.

He again falsely denied being under indictment when he returned to Lou’s Police Distributors on March 1 and completed another ATF form to buy a Sig Sauer MCX Rattler 300 Blackout semiautomatic pistol, according to his indictment.

He used his correct Social Security during the second visit and was denied the purchase, officials said.

The rapper faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but prosecutors said they’ll push for less time because Black “assisted authorities in the investigation” of his own misconduct and spared them a trial.

Prosecutors said the Sig Sauer rifle he purchased in January was recovered from the scene of an apparent shooting in Pompano Beach, Fla., on March 7.

Black entered his change of plea in a Miami federal court. He’s still facing drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states.

Asked by U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno why he needed so many weapons, Black shrugged and said they were for “protection.”

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His defense lawyer Bradford Cohen previously told the court his client faced threats from gangs and other rivals.

Black has been in federal custody since his May arrest at the Miami-area hip-hop festival Rolling Loud.

Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13.

With News Wire Services