Trump Grants Pardons and Commutations to Lil Wayne, Kodak Black, and others in final hours of presidency

In his final hours in office, President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Lil Wayne.  Wayne pleaded guilty to a 2019 gun charge in December of 2020 and was facing significant prison time. 

According to a statement from the White House, the Trump administration pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences to another 70 early on Wednesday morning, just hours before Trump’s term as president ends.

Bill K. Kapri aka Kodak Black and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted of multiple federal felony counts and sentenced to 28 years, were granted commutations by the outgoing president. Kodak is currently in prison on a 46 month sentence for falsifying federal forms to buy firearms. The Florida rapper’s criminal sexual conduct case is still pending.

Prior to news of Kodak Black getting his sentence commuted and Lil Wayne receiving a pardon, it was reported that Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris’ sentence was commuted by Trump. Harris has been in prison for over three decades on drug trafficking and murder charges.

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States at noon EST.  Click here to read the full list of Trump’s pardons and commutations.

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