New York artist Kooda B has been sentenced to 54 months in jail after allegedly violating the terms of release. The New York native was originally imprisoned in connection to the 2018 Times Square shooting involving Chief Keef and Daniel “6ix9ine” Hernandez.
After being incarcerated, he was temporarily released due to COVID-19 outbreaks across facilities in New York. Following his release, authorities claim he violated the terms of his release by rocking a red bandana, shooting music videos and failing to abide by social distancing guidelines. Judge Paul Engelmayer sentenced the New York native to 54 months in prison for violating the terms of his release.
“Mr. McKenzie, your music videos showed you with a red bandana, even after your arrest. This disappointed me. Your gang cut a man’s face open. This type of mayhem is not to be celebrated,” Judge Engelmayer said.
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“I must also consider the conditions of your release during the pandemic. I wrote a decision ordering your immediate release from prison. But I saw you had lied to me. You participated in a party, in a packed apartment, there was drugs and alcohol,” he added.
“Your counsel said you had been selfish and reckless. But I didn’t return you to prison because you might have been contagious. The video afforded an illuminating window into McKenzie: he disrespected his counsel, mocked other inmates requests. Your letter to me did not apologize for that. You put your self-interest first. But that’s only part of you. You have many positive qualities. A sentence within the guideline range is warranted here,” he concluded.
Kooda B is scheduled to be released in 2025.