Fetty Wap’s attorney says the pandemic is why the rapper sold drugs.
Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances in August 2022 but now his attorneys are asking a judge to give him the mandatory minimum of 5 years. Prosecutors want him sentenced for a lot longer.
Elizabeth Macedonio stated, “In or about 2020, with the coming of the worldwide pandemic, things began to change for Mr. Maxwell. There were no opportunities to perform, thus his income was severely limited.” She added that the New Jersey rapper “ was sued personally, was going through a divorce, and was involved with a tour manager who was stealing from him,” adding that he “lost his grandparents and several other people who were close to him.”
“Depression and panic began to set in,” the statement continued. “As stated, Mr. Maxwell took enormous pride in his ability to provide for his children and lend support to his other family members. 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. His judgment became impaired. Desperate to keep up with his financial obligations, Mr. Maxwell became involved in the instant offense for a few months in the spring of 2020.”
Prosecutors allege he was “a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization” that “distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey.”
Fetty will be sentenced this week on May 24.
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