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KODAK BLACK FOUND GUILTY OF FIVE COUNTS OF VIOLATING HOUSE ARREST

Kodak Black was found guilty of five counts of violating his house arrest in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday (April 26). His sentencing is scheduled for next week, May 4, and he’ll stay in jail for now.

Judge Thomas M. Lynch made the ruling a little after 6 p.m. EST today. The ruling followed the third day of hearings for the 19-year-old Kodak, born Dieuson Octave. Prosecutors are seeking to give him a maximum of eight years behind bars for his violation.

Kodak was given probation last August after facing a flew of serious charges. He got off relatively easy with one year of house arrest and five years probation, and he was allowed to leave home for work purposes approved by his corrections officer Sandra Friedman.

During today’s hearing, testimony centered around allegations by a bartender named Jennifer Cunningham who works at Club Lexx. Cunningham claimed Kodak assaulted her when he was there in early February, and though witnesses in court today claimed she was drunk and bragging about grabbing his genitals, the problem remains that Kodak was at the strip club without pre-approval from Friedman. He was found not guilty of the battery charges.

The sentence comes during what is arguably the most fruitful period of Kodak’s career so far. Weeks ago, he released his official major label debut album Painting Picturesselling an impressive 71,000 copies first week. The lead single “Tunnel Vision” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for over a month now. In case you missed it, we talked to producers and engineers involved in making the album.

Sun Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson was in the Fort Lauderdale courtroom today live-tweeting the proceedings. Read all of his tweets below. He said after the guilty verdict was read, Kodak’s mother could be heard sobbing loudly outside of the courtroom. Judging by the look on the rapper’s face, Clarkson says Kodak heard the sobs.

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KEVIN GATES HIT W/ HARD PRISON TIME, RECEIVES MULTI-YEAR SENTENCE

Kevin Gates can’t catch a break. According to TMZ, Gates was reportedly sentenced to 30 months in jail for a weapons charge.

On Wednesday (April 26), the “2 Phones” rapper pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge after his bail was denied earlier this month at a Bridgeview Courthouse hearing. Sources tell TMZ that the embattled MC will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

In 2015, Gates allegedly kicked a female fan during a Florida concert. After he was charged with battery, he was found guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in prison. Gates was on the cusp of freedom last month after his sentence was trimmed down. As he was about to be released, cops spotted an outstanding weapons-related warrant in his files. Gates was arrested and sent back to jail.

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Despite his mishap, he released his reflective track “What If” at the top of April. The record prompted Gates’ wife, Dreka Haynes, to write a lengthy Instagram post regarding her husband’s struggles.

“To everyone that’s rooting for Kevin right, THANK YOU, but PLEASE shift your thoughts, prayers, energy, etc. towards the idea of being home and enjoying life as a free man,” Haynes wrote in the since-deleted post. “Do NOT dwell on the things that have been put out by the media. Their only goal in anything is to grab/seek attention, not necessarily to release information that is FACTUAL.”

MISSISSIPPI MAN SUES R. KELLY OVER ALLEGED AFAIR WITH WIFE

A Mississippi man has filed lawsuit against R. Kelly, alleging the singer had an affair with his wife of five years.

Kenny Bryant, a Hinds County Sheriff’s Department deputy, said the Chicago-born crooner became involved in a romantic relationship with his spouse, Asia Childress, prior to the couple’s July 15, 2012 wedding.

In the court complaint filed April 21, Bryant added that the affair ensued in October of 2012, when Childress attended one of the singer’s shows.

According to WAPT, Bryant since agreed to his wife’s request to relocate to Atlanta so she may “further her career” opportunities — which Bryant believes was really a motive to further the affair.

MARSHAWN LYNCH TRADED TO THE RAIDERS, BUT IS HE THE OLD BEAST MODE

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement and staying home to play for the Oakland Raiders means a team on the rise has addressed a huge need at running back.

But there are questions.

After all, Lynch last played in 2015, when he struggled with a hamstring injury and then a sports hernia, which required surgery. He was limited to seven games, in which he averaged 3.8 yards per carry — the second lowest of his career for a single season.

He is not getting any younger, either, as he turned 31 on April 22. But the Raiders are banking on the year off, the change of scenery and the chance to play in Oakland all serving Lynch well after things seemed to sour in Seattle — especially after the Seahawks did not give him the ball from the 1-yard line for a potential winning score in Super Bowl XLIX with less than 30 seconds to play. Instead, Russell Wilson was picked off at the goal line by Malcolm Butler and the New England Patriots escaped.

Indeed, with Beast Mode in the fold, many see the Raiders, who went 12-4 last season and played in the postseason for the first time since 2002, challenging the Patriots for AFC supremacy.

Because if Lynch is close to replicating what he did in his last full NFL season — in 2014, he rushed for 1,306 yards and an NFL-leading 13 touchdowns, averaged 4.7 yards per carry and caught 37 passes for a career-high 367 yards and four TDs — the Raiders will have upgraded their No. 6 rushing attack significantly.

Latavius Murray, the Raiders’ lead back last season, was allowed to take his 788 rushing yards, 12 TDs, 33 catches and 264 receiving yards to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

Lynch gives the Raiders, who also signed tight end Jared Cook and receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency, a more sure-handed option for quarterback Derek Carr coming out of the backfield.

Besides, the Raiders had only 5-foot-8 mighty mites Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington on the roster before Lynch came aboard, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was sure they could handle the load as a pair, not with one as the lead back.

“We’d like to use those guys in multiple ways,” McKenzie said. “Those two, as the dynamic duo, could get it done. You don’t want to just ride one all the time. Those two guys are two pretty good little backs.

“But would you want a banger, sometimes, a bigger body to move the pile, or whatever? You could probably add something there.”

With Lynch, Oakland does that — but only if he’s healthy and focused. The Raiders were convinced enough by his visit earlier this month to acquire him.

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