Keak Da Sneak to Serve 16-Month Prison Sentence While in Wheelchair
UPDATE: On Jan. 30, Keak Da Sneak spoke on the matter of his current physical condition and emphasized the point that he isn’t physically fit to enter prison.
Bay Area legend Keak Da Sneak has been confined to a wheelchair since being involved in two shootings in 2017. Still, his condition won't stop the legal system from making him serve out 16-month prison sentence for one count of possession of a firearm as a felon stemming from a March 2017 arrest. Local Bay Area news outlet KQED reported the news on Monday (Jan. 28).
Speaking with the news station, Keak pointed out what he feels is the legal system's lack of consideration for his situation
"It feels like they had no compassion," said Keak, who has to use a colostomy bag and a catheter after being shot on two occasions back in 2017. "My health is not good. I know they’re not gonna give me the treatment I need in prison. I’ve been to jail before, and once you get behind these walls, they have no compassion. You have to be on your dying bed for them to give you some assistance."
The situation that led Keak's forthcoming prison sentence came about after Keak was shot during an attempted robbery in January 2017. Keak claims this instance led him to start carrying a gun, which he legally wasn't allowed to do because of his previous record as a convicted felon.
The incident that led to Keak current legal predicament came about when he was driving home from a local casino in March 2017. It was then that a police officer ran his plates at a gas station. According to the rapper, cops saw that he was on probation from a prior firearm charge, and decided to search his car. That's when they found the gun.
"It was really racial profiling at an all-time high," Keak told KQED of the incident.
He was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor: possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of ammunition as a felon, receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended or revoked license and possession of a controlled substance. All charges were eventually dropped except for firearm possession.
Over the course of the two-year case, however, Keak was shot another time, and this shooting led to severe injuries that would confine him to a wheelchair. This didn't change the prosecutors' minds at the Jan. 28 hearing, however.
The rapper feels like race plays a major factor in the sentence. "I have a lot of people in my corner, on my side," he says. "They feel like it’s biased, the way they’re treating me. If I was another race, they wouldn't be doing me like this."
At the hearing on Jan. 28, Judge J.S. Hermanson gave Keak Da Sneak additional time to complete a medical procedure. He is scheduled to turn himself in on Feb. 7.
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