Kodak Black Is Back in Jail After Receiving One-Year Sentence for Weed and Stolen Gun Possession

Kodak Black at the Watsco Center.
Kodak Black at the Watsco Center. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
The Florida rapper who's had the most trouble with the law is by far Kodak Black. He's played a cat-and-mouse game with cops and courts for years after being charged with everything from possession of guns and drugs to sexual assault. The latest episode began in January, when the Broward Sheriff's Office raided his million-dollar home in Pembroke Pines to find a stolen Beretta and 94.9 grams of pot. Kodak, his friends, and his young son King Khalid were hanging out in a smoke-filled bathroom. The rapper even streamed the whole thing on Instagram Live.

Now, after being hit with seven felony charges, the 20-year-old born Dieuson Octave has finally been sentenced. According to court records, he's been hit with 364 days behind bars. Ninety of those days have been served since his arrest, and he could be released early for good behavior. The rapper's counsel had argued it was impossible to pin ownership of the gun and weed on Kodak because so many people passed through his home. That defense didn't work.

Court records also show that the majority of the original charges, which included grand theft, child endangerment, parole violation, and cannabis possession, were dropped. Only the cannabis charge and one count of possession of a weapon by a felon remained. The nearly one-year sentence is far less than the 12 he originally faced. 

Kodak still faces legal problems outside of Florida, however. He was indicted by a South Carolina grand jury in 2017 on first-degree rape charges after it was reported he allegedly held down a teenage girl in his hotel room, bit her, and forced her to have sex with him. He faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted.

Meanwhile, the Pompano Beach rapper is still finding success in music. He continues to record verses while in jail, and he released a Valentine's Day album, Heartbreak Kodak, earlier this year (maybe not the brightest choice for a title in light of the rape charges).
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Douglas Markowitz is a former music and arts editorial intern for Miami New Times. Born and raised in South Florida, he studied at Sophia University in Tokyo before earning a bachelor's in communications from University of North Florida. He writes freelance about music, art, film, and other subjects.