NLE Choppa has taken a plea deal in a triple felony case in Broward County, FL — resulting in a hugely reduced sentence for the Memphis native.
According to court documents obtained by HipHopDX, the rapper (real name Bryson Lashun Potts) changed his plea from not guilty to nolo contendere [no contest] on Friday (December 8) before Judge Barbara Duffy in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom. Choppa, who was represented by Bradford Cohen — the same attorney representing Kodak Black — was sentenced to one year of probation as a result.
While NLE Choppa won’t be restricted from traveling nationally or internationally, he will be required to forfeit all of his firearms, complete a firearm safety training course, and perform 40 hours of community service before his probation is up.
Check out the docs below.
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According to Florida jail records, NLE Choppa was arrested on burglary, drugs, and weapons charges on March 28, 2018. He was booked into the Broward County Jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale, from which he ultimately bonded out on $4,500.
Choppa was hit with charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cannabis of 20 grams or less, and possession of the generic version of Xanax called Alprazolam.
Ultimately, NLE Choppa was handed three felony charges and one misdemeanor. His nolo plea was only for the misdemeanor; however the other two charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea.
At the time, the then-18-year-old had been living a clean lifestyle while leaning on meditation to stay on the straight-and-narrow. Choppa also told Fox Soul’sThe Mix that he had stopped smoking weed earlier that year.
“After I got out that meditation, I just started to realize everything was energy,” the Memphis native explained after trying to meditate for the first time. “I tried to smoke when I came out of my meditation and I ate some meat, and after I did that, I felt the same way I did before I meditated.
“I started to realize what was making me think a certain way,” he continued. “I kid you not, I cold-turkeyed myself a few days later and I stopped eating meat. I told my friends if they was around me smoking weed, they couldn’t be around me. I started to cut a lot out of my life.”