An Update on Kodak Black & YNW Melly's Criminal Cases

Mahlik Campbell

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Kodak Black performs onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for TIDAL)

Two of South Florida's most notorious rap talents, Kodak Black and YNW Melly, have seen updates to their criminal cases in the past 48 hours.

First, Kodak pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on Thursday in Niagara County court in Upstate New York, per ABC 7 WKBW Buffalo. He's currently serving a nearly four-year sentence for a federal gun possession charge. He was initially arrested right before he was set to perform at Rolling Loud in Miami.

If convicted of this new charge, the 22-year-old artist would likely get a five-year sentence. But since he's already doing time, the court would only tack on one extra year to be served in Niagara County, according to ComplexPending everything goes to plan, Kodak will be released in late summer 2022.

You may recall that near the end of last year, Kodak and a few members of his entourage took the No. 1 spot on the Buffalo Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's list of the Top 10 Unique Seizures and Arrests of 2019. He was arrested at the Canadian border with weed, expensive jewelry and furs, as well as four handguns.

This is the same arrest that led to his recent guilty plea. Talk about a list you never want to be a part of. 😳

Secondly, Jamell Demons, aka YNW Melly, appeared in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom on Wednesday alongside Cortlen Malik Henry, aka YNW Bortlen.

Having been in custody since 2019, Melly and Bortlen are accused of murdering Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. Prosecutors also allege they staged the situation to look like a drive-by shooting.

They're both facing two counts of first-degree murder, while Henry also faces two counts of accessory after the fact. The pair pleaded not guilty over a year ago, though no date has been set for the trial yet. The State of Florida is seeking the death penalty against Melly.

Per Complex, there wasn't much tangible progress on Wednesday as lawyers only "updated the judge."

Even with such serious consequences on the table, Melly has often seemed optimistic about his future. Throughout this most recent hearing, he could be seen smiling toward his mother, younger brother (12-year-old rapper YNW BSlime), grandfather and a group of friends.

That same day, Melly's team announced a new collaboration with the late Juice WRLD. Juice will be featured on a remix of "Suicidal," releasing this Friday, March 13.