UPDATE: Phaedra did not go to the sentencing. Apollo’s mother and brother both made a plea to the court for leniency. Apollo was described as “calm.”
Apollo’s lawyer did a great job of trying to plea down Apollo’s time. He spoke about Apollo’s upbringing, his lack of education (duh) and quoted statistics that 60% of African-American males who drop out of high school end up in prison.
Apollo’s mother was very emotional. She gave a statement saying that she was not a good mother, she was a cocaine addict who was in and out of prison. She had no husband. Apollo had no father. Apollo was granted a voluntary surrender so that he can be out until he is assigned a prison. He was also given a drug and alcohol program. This is one of the only ways to get your federal time reduced. Apollo doesn’t have a drug or alcohol problem and this is simply good lawyering by his attorney. He attorney also got the promise of placement in a facility as near to Atlanta as possible so that his children can visit him.
This is beyond a light sentence. He gets a reduction for being stupid and black? He gets a reduction for a drug problem he doesn’t have? He gets voluntary surrender so that he can do some season 7 filming? What is the deal with this judge? He sentenced him as a Category 5 and he gets 8 years?
Well, HLN is taking their sweet time about covering the Apollo Nida sentencing. No electronics were allowed in the courtroom so things are taking a little longer than I would like. There were no live feeds like we had expected. It sounds like the HLN reporter may be leaving the courtroom now. (3:11 p.m.)
While we wait, I have some tragic HLN news. Vinnie Politan has left HLN. Not sure if he retired or had other options but I will really miss him!
EIGHT YEARS????? And voluntary surrender at a later date. This is unbelievable! He must have produced AT LOT with his snitching!