Bay Area Rapper Keak Da Sneak is making waves after starting a petition to convince the D.A to give him an alternative sentence due to his current health problems.
The former '3X Crazy' member is scheduled to turn himself in to serve a 16-month sentence tomorrow (Thursday, February 7th). Keak was arrested after being in possession of a firearm as a felon.
Keak Da Sneak and community leader Berry Accius sat down with Big Al to discuss the rapper's current legal situation and the events that lead up to forming the petition.
In January of 2017 Keak Da Sneak was shot in an armed robbery.
"I had a pistol case already in Sacramento. So I'm really not supposed to have one but I figured 'Ok, I'd rather be caught with than without it now because my life is one the line,'' said Keak.
Keak was caught with the gun a month after purchasing it.
7 months later, he was shot 8 times leaving him wheelchair bound and in need of regular medical treatment and physical therapy.
"I figured that there should have told them that I'm really being truthful with you guys. My life is on the line here."
Keak explained that he has around the clock medical needs and has a chance at walking again with regular physical therapy. He fears he won't get the proper treatment while incarcerated which will hinder his healing process. This caused him to push towards an alternative sentence such as ankle monitor.
"He's not saying 'I'm not going to do time' [he's saying] 'I've done wrong, give me the time but give me the time that makes sense. Give me ankle monitor.' You can do that. There's been too many cases that we've seen," said Berry Accius.
Watch the full interview below:
Keak's petition currently has 39,000 signatures (and counting).
Keak says he now spends his time using himself as an example to mentor the youth. When asked about the message for the youth, he responded:
"Don't get sucked into the streets. The streets will suck you in and spit you back out. Do something productive. Find your niche. Whatever talent you have. Whether it be sports, whether it be music, whether it be turf dancing. Put your all into something positive because it's so easy to go left."