In a dramatic, last-ditch effort to avoid state prison, the Brooklyn rapper known as Bobby Shmurda told a Manhattan court this morning that his previous plea of guilty had been be coerced by his attorney, Alex Spiro.
“They lied to me,” Shmurda, 22, born Ackquille Jean Pollard, told Judge Abraham Clott, as a clearly flustered Spiro stood beside Shmurda. “I was forced to take this sentence. I did not want to take this sentence. I was forced by my attorney to take this plea.”