A 20-year-old man who was charged in the killing of Pop Smoke has pleaded guilty, reports AP.
The person pleaded guilty in a juvenile court on Thursday, admitting that he entered a Hollywood Hills mansion as a teenager in February 2020 intending to rob the rapper, who was later shot to death trying to defend himself against the assailants. He pleaded guilty in an Inglewood courtroom to voluntary manslaughter and home invasion robbery.
He was sentenced by Judge J. Christopher Smith to four years and two months in the Secure Youth Treatment Facility but was warned that he could remain in juvenile custody until he was 25. The judge also declined to apply the two years and eight months he has already spent in juvenile jail toward his sentence.
There are three others who are charged in the budding superstar’s death: two juvenile defendants, who were 15 and 17 at the time of the murder, and Corey Walker, who was 19. A judge has issued a court order barring the media from identifying the juvenile defendants.
The 20-year-old New York rapper, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed on Feb. 19, 2020, at a rented AirBnB home where he was staying while on a four-day trip to Los Angeles. A 911 call from a friend of someone in the house reported armed intruders inside the home, police said.
The robbers knew the address because a day earlier, Pop had posted a photograph on social media of a gift bag he had received and the address of the house was on a label, authorities said.