As expected, outgoing president Donald Trump has pardoned both Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. According to Reuters reporter David Shepardson, the embattled former reality television star signed the official paperwork on Tuesday (January 19) at 11:30 p.m. local time as his last full day in office came to an end.
Shepardson tweeted, “Trump pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges, a senior administration official said.”
Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge in December 2020, was initially facing up to 10 years in prison. On December 23, 2019, federal authorities received an anonymous tip the Cash Money legend was transporting drugs on his private jet.
Once the aircraft landed at Miami-Opa Locak Executive Airport, they performed a search of the plane and discovered a gold-plated Remington 1911, .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition and a bag containing small amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and oxycodone. Although he wasn’t taken into custody at the time, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged Wayne, who was convicted of a felony gun charge in 2009, with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felo
Kodak will now be freed from prison after serving over a year in jail for falsifying information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami gun shop on two separate occasions.
The Pompano Beach, Florida native was originally sentenced to 46 months behind bars and was expected to remain in prison until 2022 after federal prosecutors denied his request to have his sentence reduced earlier this month.
As part of his numerous social media pleas to Trump, Kodak offered to donate $1 million to a charity if he pardoned him before leaving office. “If The President Them Free Me, I’m Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I’m Out,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “That’s on Everything.”
Other pardons include Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon, Roc Nation’s Desiree Perez and ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.