Tuesday, the Memphis rapper Winnie the Pooh officially pleaded guilty to a gun conspiracy charge in federal court in Miami. As part of a plea deal, the rapper – born Lontrell Williams Jr. – will no longer face a life sentence for allegedly shooting a man in a Florida hotel in 2020.
While his legal fate isn’t entirely clear yet – he has yet to be sentenced and remains in a Florida jail – here are five things to know about Pooh Shiesty and what to expect for one of hipster’s biggest young stars- hop from Bluff City.
Who is Pooh Shiesty?
Raised around the Cane Creek Apartments in South Memphis, 22-year-old Pooh Shiesty is a second-generation Memphis rapper. His father founded Bluff City’s Mob Ties Records label and rapped under the name Mob Boss. In January 2021, Williams released their first mixtape “Shiesty Season”, having been handpicked by rapper-mogul Gucci Mane to sign on his label The New 1017. Shiesty saw his record hit the Billboard charts, selling the equivalent of 62,000 copies and ranking at No. 4 during his first week of release. A month later, the album was reclassified, reaching a new high at No.3. The album was one of the big releases of the year, finishing at No.37 on the Billboard 200 for 2021.
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Why was Pooh Shiesty arrested in Florida?
Shiesty’s legal troubles started in October 2020when, according to the FBI, he was involved in the robbery and shooting outside the Landon Hotel in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.
According to an FBI criminal complaint in Miami-Dade, Shiesty and Bobby Brown – the other man charged in the incident – allegedly shot and injured two other men in a parking lot gone awry, as they attempted to buy “high-end sports sneakers” and men’s marijuana.
Shiesty arrived in a McLaren he had rented from one of the victims and wanted to negotiate the rental of the car as well, but during the transaction he and Brown shot the men – one in the hip and the another in the buttocks, according to court documents. . The FBI said surveillance footage captured the shooting and after law enforcement spoke with the victims, they identified one of the suspects as Shiesty.
Upon leaving the scene, a Louis Vuitton bag – which contained $ 40,912 in cash – fell from the McLaren and, according to the complaint, Shiesty had posted guns and $ 100 bills on Instagram a few days before the theft.
Law enforcement used the rapper’s social media account and discovered that the same invoices in the Louis Vuitton bag were also in his messages, according to the court document.
Williams could have faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if he had been convicted of using a firearm “in the prosecution of another federal crime of violence,” the most serious of the charges against him in the United States. a federal indictment in four counts.
He had initially pleaded not guilty and was days away from the start of a trial in October – when Williams chose to change his plea. In the end, Williams would accept conviction on the first count, conspiracy to possess a firearm for the purpose of violent and drug-related crimes. Prosecutors in turn dropped the other three charges in his updated indictment.
New details in the Pooh Shiesty case?
As part of the offer in the case, Williams admitted that the government could have proved that since January 2019 he was part of a group that “conspired to use or carry firearms during and in connection with , and for possessing firearms for the purpose of promoting drug trafficking crimes and activities. And that Williams and his accomplices used “social media platforms to discuss the distribution of marijuana, as well as access. firearms and ammunition ”.
The Offeror then cites other cases – in addition to the Bay Harbor Islands Hotel incident – where Williams used or was involved in the use of a firearm, including a shooting at a station – unspecified service from Memphis in July 2020, and an assault on King of the Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club in Miami-Dade County in May 2021.
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How long will Pooh Shiesty serve?
During Tuesday’s proceedings, Magistrate Judge Lauren Fleischer Louis accepted Williams’ plea deal. However, the judge warned that the jointly recommended 97-month sentence was not guaranteed. While Williams’ plea deal is viewed favorably when considering his sentence, Chief Justice K. Michael Moore will be the one to determine the length of that sentence and its ultimate fate. No date for this sentencing hearing has yet been set.
What’s the next step in Pooh Shiesty’s musical career?
Behind bars since the summer of 2021, Williams hasn’t been able to do much to capitalize on the resounding success of “Shiesty Season” (although the affair and its associated cover have further upped his profile).
Over the past few months he has been discovering releases from compatriot Memphian Juicy J and his label Big Scarr. Last week, however, Williams released a new mixtape, “Federal Contraband,” a recording that showed him freestyle on the phone from prison. Yet, until his sentence is determined and he is released, Shiesty’s recording career will likely remain in limbo.