Rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty in New York federal court to participating in a drug distribution ring.
The “Trap Queen” rapper, whose legal name is William Maxwell, has pleaded guilty to supplying 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine. Prosecutors said he was part of a team that also sold heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine in Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020.
Maxwell apologized during a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip, NY. He said he was motivated by the desire to support his family as his income from shows was drying up during the pandemic.
“I’ve never wanted to do good except with my family and my loved ones,” Maxwell said, dressed in a beige jumpsuit to an gallery filled with friends, family and associates.
Maxwell’s lawyer, Elizabeth Macedonia, asked Seybert to judge her client not on his songs – which he admitted to drugs and violence – but on the many testimonies about his qualities as a father and family man.
Prosecutor Christopher Caffarone countered that Maxwell was involved in a serious criminal conspiracy and was accused of threatening another man with a gun while out on bail.
Prosecutors had asked for up to nine years in prison, while Maxwell asked for a minimum sentence of five years.
Seybert said a harsh sentence was appropriate given the seriousness of Maxwell’s crimes.