Kodak Black has been released from the St. Lucie County jail, though he isn’t yet a free man, reports the Sun Sentinel. Instead, he has been extradited to South Carolina and placed in the custody of the state’s deputies, as he now faces a sexual battery charge stemming from an alleged incident in Florence, SC in early February.
Kodak’s name, Dieuson Octave, can be found on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s release report, which states that the young emcee was released on Monday (Nov. 28) at 3:13 PM ET. “It does say that has been turned over to South Carolina via the Florence County Sheriff’s Office,” says Bryan Beaty, head of the Public Office of Information at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, in response to an inquiry about Kodak’s release.
Kodak was arrested in April after being involved in a high-speed police chase. He was released on bail the next day, though he was sent back to jail a month later due to outstanding warrants from 2015. In August, a judge decided to place Kodak on house arrest, after being convinced — in part by the lawyers of Atlantic Records — to forego a potentially lengthy jail sentence, due to the promise of his music career. Right before his scheduled release, though, two more warrants were discovered — a misdemeanor drug charge in St. Lucie County as well as the aforementioned sex charge in South Carolina.
After pleading no contest to the drug charge, he has now served his misdemeanor sentence in St. Lucie County. He now must remain in South Carolina, where he will presumably begin his sexual battery trial.
Kodak’s lawyers seem to be pleased with their client’s transfer to South Carolina. “We are firmly convinced that he will be vindicated in that charge and shortly be set free,” said attorney Gary Kollin, based in Fort Lauderdale. “He’s looking forward to getting to South Carolina so he can go on with his life and career.”
As of now, the details of Kodak’s confinement in South Carolina are unclear, though his team is confident that he is one step closer to achieving his freedom.