Rapper Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. The sentencing news was announced by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday.
Maxwell was indicted in October 2021 along with five others on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess controlled substances and the use of firearms in connection with alleged drug trafficking in 2020.
Maxwell’s lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonio, filed a 33-page memorandum requesting the minimum sentence of five years in prison, stating that Maxwell’s personal challenges decreased his income and inspired him to become involved in drug trafficking. His lawyer also portrayed him as a responsible parent who has been working hard to save money for his nine children since he was released on bail on November 5, 2021.
However, prosecutors argued that Maxwell, who had a successful career as a rapper, chose to supplement his income by trafficking large amounts of drugs and knew that it would ruin people’s lives.