Bay Area rap star Keak da Sneak began a 16-month prison sentence today after being taken into custody in Amador County.
In January, KQED first reported that the rapper faced a prison sentence for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. In a lengthy, exclusive interview, Keak, whose real name is Charles Kente Williams, went into detail about surviving two shootings which rendered him wheelchair-bound and in need of regular medical care for bed sores that could result in a life-threatening infection if left untended.
"I know they’re not gonna give me the treatment I need in prison," he told me in January. "I've been to jail before, and once you get behind these walls, they have no compassion. You have to be on your dying bed for them to give you some assistance."
Because of the extent of Williams' disabilities, his legal team had lobbied for an alternative sentence of house arrest. The judge on the case delayed his sentencing date twice as he completed several medical procedures. Though Williams and his legal team had hoped for another outcome, today, Williams went into custody to begin his sentence, Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe confirmed. He faces three years of parole once released.
"We spoke with folks from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation," Riebe said. "There are plenty of facilities that can take individuals in wheelchairs that need medical assistance on a daily basis."