The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced on Wednesday that rapper Fetty Wap, real name Willie Junior Maxwell II, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
According to court records, he and five people were charged in October 2021 with conspiracy to distribute and possess prohibited narcotics, as well as using guns in connection with alleged drug trafficking in 2020.
On May 17, Maxwell’s lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, filed a 33-page memorandum requesting that he be sentenced to the minimum of five years in prison, arguing that his involvement in drug trafficking was motivated by personal challenges that reduced his income, such as divorce and a lack of opportunities to perform during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Macedonio wrote, “He is described as a people pleaser and a person who gains great satisfaction from taking care of others. Suddenly it felt like life was going in reverse and he became ashamed when he began to struggle to keep up the lifestyle that he created for so many,”
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Since his release on bail on November 5, 2021, Maxwell has been working hard to save money for his nine children, according to Macedonio.
Prosecutors said that despite having a successful career as a rapper in Hollywood, Maxwell “choosed to supplement his income by trafficking large quantities of drugs – drugs he knew would ruin lives.”