Kodak Black Found Guilty of Five Counts of Violating House Arrest
Judge Thomas M. Lynch made the ruling a little after 6 p.m. EST today. The ruling followed the third day of hearings for the 19-year-old Kodak, born Dieuson Octave. Prosecutors are seeking to give him a maximum of eight years behind bars for his violation.
Kodak was given probation last August after facing a flew of serious charges. He got off relatively easy with one year of house arrest and five years probation, and he was allowed to leave home for work purposes approved by his corrections officer Sandra Friedman.
During today's hearing, testimony centered around allegations by a bartender named Jennifer Cunningham who works at Club Lexx. Cunningham claimed Kodak assaulted her when he was there in early February, and though witnesses in court today claimed she was drunk and bragging about grabbing his genitals, the problem remains that Kodak was at the strip club without pre-approval from Friedman. He was found not guilty of the battery charges.
The sentence comes during what is arguably the most fruitful period of Kodak's career so far. Weeks ago, he released his official major label debut album Painting Pictures, selling an impressive 71,000 copies first week. The lead single "Tunnel Vision" has been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for over a month now. In case you missed it, we talked to producers and engineers involved in making the album.
Sun Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson was in the Fort Lauderdale courtroom today live-tweeting the proceedings. Read all of his tweets below. He said after the guilty verdict was read, Kodak's mother could be heard screaming "My son!" outside of the courtroom. Judging by the look on the rapper's face, Clarkson says Kodak heard her.
Reporter Live-Tweets Kodak Black's Latest Court Hearing