Now 18 years of age, a man who was 15 at the time of the shooting which occurred during a home invasion in 2020 , has confessed to killing Pop Smoke.
During a home-invasion robbery that went sideways, the man was charged with first-degree murder in juvenile court after admitting that “he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the crime”.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the convicted felon will be held in a state juvenile facility until he is 25 years old and because he was a juvenile at the time of the incident, the man’s identity has been protected by a court order.
In a formal statement, LA County Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Smith told the 18-year-old man and his 19-year-old co-defendant that Pop Smoke – whose real name was Bashar Jackson – “lost his life over no good reason”.”You have no right to take somebody’s life. You have no right to take somebody’s property.”
In April, a 20-year-old man pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and as he was 17 at the time of the shooting, he was sentenced to four years and two months in a juvenile facility. Corey Walker (19) and Keandre Rodgers (18) have also been charged in the case.
In February 2020, the group broke into Pop Smoke’s rental home in the Hollywood Hills after the superstar rapper shared an Instagram post with his address. The now convicted men confronted him in the shower, where according to testimony, the then 15-year-old boy “pistol-whipped the rapper and shot him three times in the back”.