Rapper Kodak Black Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Weapons Case

The 22-year-old rapper had been in federal custody since his arrest in May

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Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to weapons charges, according to court documents.

The 22-year-old artist, born Bill K. Kapri, admitted in August that he falsified information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions.

With the fake forms, Black was able to obtain three of the weapons, including a 9 mm handgun, a .380-caliber handgun and a semi-automatic Mini Draco firearm. Black was arrested in May just before a scheduled concert performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.

According to authorities, one of the guns was found at the scene of a March shooting in Pompano Beach, Florida, although the rapper has not been charged in connection to that case. In addition to the federal weapons charges, Black also faces additional drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states — all of which are still pending. He has had several previous arrests.

The rapper’s 46-month sentence handed down from U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno. Prosecutors wanted Black to serve 96 months after he was involved in a fight in prison which resulted in a guard getting injured.

Black’s request to be let out on bail while his case unfolded was denied by a federal judge who called him “a danger to the community because he wants to have access to guns.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report