Kodak Black arrested for trespassing on New Year's Day less than one year after he was pardoned by Donald Trump

Kodak Black arrested for trespassing on New Year's Day less than one year after he was pardoned by Donald Trump


KODAK Black was arrested for trespassing less than one year after he was pardoned by Donald Trump.

The rapper was taken into custody just before 1.30am on New Year's Day.

No other information has yet been provided about his arrest.

Black was previously sentenced to three-years in prison for falsifying documents used to buy weapons at a Miami gun store.

However, the star was pardoned by former president Donald Trump on his last day in office.

The rapper, born Bill Kahan Kapri, was in Illinois' USP Thomson prison, where he served around half of his sentence.

At the time, the 23-year-old tweeted his thanks to Trump for commuting the sentence.

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"I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence," he said.

"I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know."

Black said he wanted to “continue giving back, learning and growing."


He was prosecuted on federal weapons offences in May 2019, when he indicated on paperwork that he was not under indictment while attempting to purchase firearms. He was out on bond for sexual assault charged in South Carolina at the time.

Black was arrested before his set at Miami's Rolling Loud festival in May, the BBC reported. 

One of the guns he bought was used in an attempted shooting in March. Prosecutors said "a rival rap artist was the intended target".

However, he had not been charged in relation to that shooting.

Black also pled guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon in March 2020, following an April 2019 arrest at the border between the United States and Canada.

The sexual assault charge that still stands against Black related to an incident in Florence back in 2016.

According to the Florence County Public Index, Black’s case is still moving through the court system. If charged, he could face up to 30 additional years in prison.

The rapper has had a troubled time in prison.

In September 2020 the Atlanta Black Star reported that Black had filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He claimed prison guards at Big Sandy Penitentiary in Inez, Kentucky, had beat, tortured and mentally abused him since his arrival.

He was moved to FTC Oklahoma City soon after, then to Thomson some time following that. 

Around this time he publicly asked Donald Trump to commute his sentence.

In April 2021, the rapper was sentenced to probation for assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel room in South California.

Kodak was originally charged with rape, but accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.


The White House statement about Black's commutation referenced his philanthropic work, calling him a "community leader" as well as a "prominent artist".

"He has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged," it said.

The statement went on to note that Black had paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas".

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