Fetty Wap’s attorneys have blamed the rapper’s involvement in a multimillion-dollar drug ring on monetary struggles that he skilled through the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to Billboard, his attorneys argued in a court docket submitting this week that Fetty (actual title Willie Junior Maxwell II) “realizes the terrible mistake he made” and is “truly sorry for the loss and hurt he has caused.”
The rapper’s authorized staff claims his touring revenue dried up as a consequence of lockdown restrictions, and so he turned to crime in a “desperate” effort to help the costly life-style he had constructed not just for himself, however these near him.
“What makes this case unusual is Mr. Maxwell’s motivation,” his attorneys wrote. “Personal gain was not his motivation. Rather, he was motivated by his commitment to financially support others. He now realizes that he does not have to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.
“Suddenly it felt like life was going in reverse and he became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many. His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020.”
Per sentencing necessities, Fetty Wap ought to spend between seven and 9 years behind bars. Nevertheless, his attorneys imagine he ought to serve a minimal sentence of 5 years because of the circumstances surrounding his crimes and the regret he’s proven.
The “Trap Queen” hitmaker was arrested on federal drug expenses in October 2021 as he was gearing as much as take the stage at New York’s Rolling Loud competition.
He was accused of working an intensive drug ring out of Lengthy Island, allegedly serving to visitors over 100 kilograms of opioids, crack and cocaine from the West Coast to be distributed in Lengthy Island.
After his arrest, the FBI recovered 16 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl tablets, two 9mm handguns, a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, ammunition and $1.5 million in money.
In August 2022, Fetty pleaded responsible to conspiring to own and distribute 500 grams or extra of cocaine, which carries a compulsory minimal sentence of 5 years in jail and a most of 40 years. He was as a consequence of be sentenced in January, however that date has since been moved to subsequent week.
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The 31-year-old issued an announcement to his followers in October 2022 and stated he was in excessive spirits, regardless of his looming jail sentence.
“I just want to thank all the fans, you feel me? All the fans showing me love, sending all the reels and the stories and everything and all the tags, photos and everything like that, ya heard?” he stated in a video shared on-line.
“You know, I got my head up always, you know what I’m saying? Like never bent, never fol. I love y’all, thank y’all for everything, you know what I’m saying?”