A lawsuit is a very difficult phase in anyone’s life. And everyone wishes that they stay far away from this mess. Be it as a victim or as the accused. The process is so horrible and draining that people also tend to give up halfway. And if you are standing in the legal box as the accused there is no way out of this disarray.
The famous rapper YNW Melly is currently stuck in this hideous legal process. Melly was accused and also convicted in a double murder case. For murdering his two friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment and also with a death penalty. And is also suspected of murdering the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department deputy Gary Chambliss. His fans are curious to know if there is a chance that YNW Melly is coming out of prison or how long will be his jail sentence? and if yes then when would this happen. They are hoping to receive a piece of positive news from any source as soon as possible.
YNW Melly or Jamell Maurice Demons is an American Rapper. He was born on 1st May 1999 to Jamie Demon’s king in Florida. Jamie was only 14 when she found out that she was expecting. She has raised Melly as a single mother. The identity of Melly’s father is unknown but Donte Taylor a.k.a Tha Gift who is also a rapper by profession claims to be Mally’s father. Jamie was in ninth grade when she gave birth to Melly. After that Jamie and the young Melly moved to a proper part in Gifford. Jamie usually struggled with the bills of housing and other necessities. And due to this Melly joined the Bloods which is a street gang at a very young age. Meanwhile, he started uploading his songs on SoundCloud when he was merely 15 years old.
Melly is currently in the prison under the conviction of a double murder case. But this is not his first time that he is behind the bars. In 2015 Melly was arrested for shooting a group of students near the Vero Beach High School. He was charged with several convictions and was incarcerated for months. The charges that were levied on him were aggravated battery, discharging a firearm in public, and aggravated assault.
Career and Achievements
YNW Melly opted for this stage name in 2016. His actual name is Jamell Maurice Demons. the initials YNW mean ‘Young N__ga World’ or the ‘Young New Wave’. These initials are for a hip-hop collective. This group also had Anthony Williams a.k.a ‘YNW Sakchaser, Christopher Thomas a.k.a YNW Juvy, and Corten Henry a.k.a YNW Bortlen Henry. Melly launched his first project in 2017 while he was in the prison. It was an EP named Collect Call.
The specialty of this project was, that it had features from many well-known artists like Lil B and John Wick. Then in 2018, he released three singles named Virtual, Melly the Menace, and Slang That Iron respectively. 4 Real, Butter Pecan, and Medium Fries some of his other singles that were released later that year and in the year after. These music videos gained him 26 million, 16 million, and 11 million viewers on YouTube respectively. This was a great step forward in his rapping career. Then in 2018 August, he launched his debut mixtape named I am You. This one was also a huge success as it secured 192nd place on the Billboard 200. The result was declared on January 10th, 2019.
Later in 2019 on 17th Jan, Mell again released a mixtape named ‘We all Shine’. This was the second mixtape that he released while he was still behind the bars. This tape had 16 different tracts in total. We all shine was created in a collaboration with Kanye West and Fredo Bang. Later he once again collaborated with West to make the music video for the album ‘Mixed personalities’. And by the end of March 2019, Melly had a following of over 200 million on Spotify, and out of them over 10 million monthly listeners. One of his most famous songs that was streamed multiple times was ‘Murder on My Mind’. This was actually released as a single but was later added to the album I am You.
On Nov 22, 2019, Melly released his first-ever studio album. It was named Melly vs Melvin. This studio album secured the 8th rank on Billboard 200, which was the highest record in his entire singing career. This album also included the song 223’s which was initially released as a single and had the 34th position on the Billboard Hot 100. Then on March 13th, 2020, Melly released a remix for his track Suicidal. This made Suicidal the second single to be released from the album Melly vs Melvin. The remix featured a small part from the late rapper Juice Wrld. This was Melly’s third hit release. And once again Melly’s work was in the top 20 list of billboard 100.
Murder Charges on Melly
YNW Melly was accused of murdering his two friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr and later was also convicted for the same. It is said that he committed this crime along with Corten Henry. On the 26th of October 2018, Christopher Thomas and Anthony Williams were shot and killed. This incident took place in South Florida. According to the report given by Miramar Police Department. Both of them were rushed to the Memorial Hospital Miramar around 4:35 AM. When they reached the hospital, both the victims had multiple gunshots on their bodies.
It was stated by the police that the victims were already dead. Even before they arrived at the hospital. Fort Lauderdale was the last place where the two victims were seen alive. Around 3:20 AM on the same day. By this time it was not mentioned that who was the person who drove Thomas and Williams to the hospital. The victims Williams and Thomas were the part of the group that also had Melly and Henry in it.
After a while when the investigation concluded. The police had arrested YNW Melly and Cortlen Henry under the charge of Frist degree murder. That too with two counts. Miramar police said that Melly had shot Williams and Thomas. And the Miramar police also stated that they had forensic shreds of evidence against the two. And only after this they have come to this conclusion and arrested them. This was a huge blow for Melly as well as Henry.
Melly turned himself to the police in Broward County on the 13th of Feb. And the police arrested Henry from Texas on the 12th of Feb. The Miramar police had charged them with two counts of first-degree murder. Police also unveiled that Melly and Henry had jointly plotted to kill their childhood friends and then make it look like a drive-by shooting. Melly was accused of firing on the two victims. And Henry was accused of helping Melly in covering this whole plot. The court records also justify these charges. It was revealed that Henry was the one who drove the bodies to the hospital.
Before Melly had turned himself to the police ha had uploaded a picture of four of them indicating his innocence in this matter. Along with the post, Melly had written that he had lost two of his brothers a few months ago and the system now wanted to find justice for them. But Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors and lies that are being told, but god will be on his and Henry’s side. The theory that Miramar police presented stated that Melly had pulled the trigger and Henry was behind the cover-up. He drove the SUV with the two bodies to the hospital around 4:35 PM the same day.
The pieces of evidence that were submitted to the court showed that. Police had not found any proof of there being a firing in the location that Henry said the shooting occurred at. And there was also no report there being a firing in that area. The cell phone records that the police found that the associate had given the false location of Melly before the shoot out. They also showed that the path taken by Henry to reach the hospital was no what he stated. And the forensic reports had also claimed that there were no vehicles on that street at the time of the shooting. The investigation also revealed that the trajectory analysis showed that the path of the bullets on the bodies and the path of the bullets on the car did not match.
Also, a shell casing of a .40 caliber handgun was found at the left rear passenger seat which matched the casing that was discovered at the crime scene. The video evidence showed that Melly was sitting on the seat. The autopsy report stated that the shot that had killed William who was sitting on the right passenger seat came from behind and was inclined to the left. The shot was made from less than three feet away. And lastly, Investigation also showed that Melly and Henry had been driving around with the body for some time then they were brought to the hospital. They were probably trying to establish the story at that time. The reason for this crime was not clear yet, but it was suspected that there were some monetary aspects related to this crime.
Pleaded Not Guilty
During the case hearing that was on the 5th of March. Melly had pleaded to the courts that he was not guilty of the first-degree murder. He asked the case to be heard in front of the jury. This case was set to be heard on April 25th. But it was preponed to 11th march where Henry stood mute when the charges were announced. Later even he pleads not guilty.
The suspects are punishable with life imprisonment or a death penalty if the suspects are above 18 years of age. On the later dates of the court hearing, Melly and Henry are yet to be convicted of committing this heinous crime. But if this happens then they will be given the punishment of life imprisonment and later maybe a death sentence. Also, even, if they are convicted for this crime there, are very few chances of them being given a death sentence. That is because even if a person is given the death penalty only a few actually reach the action. It is found that only 1 out of 7 are punished with the death penalty. This case also had shown some links to the murdering of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department deputy Gary Chambliss. Melly is under suspect for this too.
Rapper YNW Melly Prison Release Date
There were claims made by Melly’s mother Julie that Melly was to be released soon but the date was not revealed yet. She said that Melly was supposed to be released earlier than this. Somewhere in around March 2020. But that didn’t happen due to the Pandemic. It was said that the rapper has applied to be released when he contracted covid while he was in jail. But the release was not granted. And he is now long cured of this. In Dec 2019 his mother had posted saying that was to be released from the jail in a countdown of 90 days. but that didn’t happen. Since then the release has been delayed continuously. Currently, his fans are expecting that the word of Melly’s mother turns out to be true and this happens soon.
One of the fans on Twitter has tweeted about the same. Saying that first, it was Kodak who was released and then Bobby. So let’s get Melly out next. This had trended quite a bit on Twitter and also received a lot of attention. Bobby who was in the prison for seven years for the weapons and conspiracy case had been released on 23rd Feb 2021. So the fans are awaiting the release of Melly. But as of now, there is no solid news of Mell’s release date. Fans can only hope that the release date arrives soon so that we can hear the amazing artist more often.