Warrant Issued for Chopper’s Arrest
Yet another arrest warrant was issued for New Orleans born rapper Chopper on Tuesday. According to WBAL Channel 11, a Baltimore judge issued the warrant after Chopper failed to complete 100 hours of community service he was sentenced to in March in relation to a 2001 robbery charge. According to prosecutors at the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Chopper was riding a mountain bike when he pulled a gun (which was later found to be a pellet rifle) out on a couple and threatened, “Stop or I’ll bust your brains.” The former Making The Band 2 star took $90 from one of the individuals, while the other ran away. Detectives eventually found Chopper on his bike with the pellet rifle. He was later released but missed his court date. A warrant was then released for his arrest. Chopper was eventually pulled over in Atlanta, GA, in July of 2006 and detained for his outstanding warrant.
In March he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation. Now, Elizabeth Bartholomew, a spokeswoman for Maryland’s Division of Parole and Probation, says Chopper has not reported to his probation officer, nor completed his community service. The rapper’s lawyer, Paul Gardner, states that his client believed he would be fulfilling his probation requirements in Atlanta, where he had been staying since Hurricane Katrina. “Chopper failed to appear before his probation officer because Chopper expected to report to a Georgia probation officer not a Maryland one,” Gardner said. The attorney also mentioned that there is now a possibility that the judge could reinstate the previous sentence of up to 90 years in prison that his client had previously faced. “Originally he was facing 90 years, so at any point that judge can take this back and give him the 90 years,” Gardner said. Chopper recently inked a recording deal with Cash Money Records.