If you’ve been following the news recently, you may have heard that American rapper YNW Melly has been sentenced to death. This is causing a lot of confusion among his fans.
He is accused of planning and committing two murders. He and another co-defendant Cortlen Henry also fabricated the scene so that it appeared like a random drive-by shooting.
Who is YNW Melly?
YNW Melly is a Florida rapper who makes raw, emotive rap songs about his turbulent life. He made his name with a song called “Murder on My Mind.”
The track has topped the charts, winning awards from the Recording Industry Association of America and becoming a hit on Spotify and YouTube. He also has a long list of collaborators, including Kanye West and Young Thug.
He was born Jamell Maurice Demons on May 1, 1999, in Gifford, a notorious town that’s known for its violence and crime. He was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to support the family.
YNW Melly was arrested in June 2018 for possession of a weapon and misdemeanor marijuana charges. He pleaded no contest to the latter, court records show. He was released on bond. He was re-arrested in Lee County, Florida, in July and charged with misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. He was sentenced to time served.
Where is YNW Melly now?
YNW Melly is an American rapper who has gained worldwide recognition for his tracks “Murder on My Mind,” “Mixed Personalities,” and “Suicidal.” He was born in Gifford, Florida. He was raised in a disadvantaged area, and his mother struggled to make ends meet.
He is currently in custody in Broward County Jail. He has been charged with murdering two of his friends and fellow rappers, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, in October 2018.
According to TMZ, the state is seeking the death penalty for the case. YNW Melly is accused of killing his YNW crew members by staging their deaths to look like a drive-by shooting.
YNW Melly has been in prison since February 2019 and he still maintains his innocence. However, he has been facing some serious struggles while incarcerated, including being infected with the COVID-19 virus. He has also been threatened by jail staff.
What is YNW Melly doing now?
If you’re wondering what YNW Melly is doing now, the 22-year-old rapper recently shared a tweet stating that he will be released from prison this year. According to his mother, Jamie King, he will be home in May.
The “Murder on My Mind” singer is incarcerated at Broward County Jail in Florida, where he’s been since February. He’s currently awaiting trial on charges related to the October 2018 murder of two of his friends.
TMZ reports that Melly could potentially face the death penalty in his case. Prosecutors say that he and his co-defendant, YNW Bortlen, murdered Sakchaser and Juvy in South Florida in October and staged their deaths to look like a drive-by shooting.
Earlier this year, an appeals court judge in Florida ruled that the State can pursue the death penalty against the rapper. But the judge found that prosecutors failed to give Melly and his legal team proper notice of their intention to seek the death penalty.
Will YNW Melly be put to death?
If YNW Melly is found guilty of the murders of his two friends, he will likely face the death penalty in Florida. A new opinion from the Fourth District Court of Appeal confirms that prosecutors can seek the death penalty against him, TMZ reports.
The rapper allegedly killed two members of his own YNW crew in October, and staged their deaths to look like a drive-by shooting. He was arrested in February for the charges, and his alleged accomplice, Cortlen Henry (aka YNW Bortlen), has also been charged with first-degree murder.
State prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty because they believe that the murders were “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel,” and that the killings were in part motivated by monetary gain. But according to a report from The Fader, it’s actually quite rare for someone convicted of a capital crime to actually be executed in the United States.
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