With less than two years left on his federal prison sentence for gun possession and witness tampering, B.G. has once again failed to convince a judge to let him out early.
In a June 28 order, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan of New Orleans, Louisiana denied B.G.'s handwritten letter for compassionate release, which included support letters from Birdman, Slim, Wendy Day, Gary Payton Sr., and other public figures and hip-hop executives.
"Dorsey complains of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at his facility, but BOP’s website currently lists zero positive cases among inmates out of a total inmate population of 960 and one positive case among staff," Morgan wrote.
B.G., whose real name is Christopher Dorsey, penned his first motion from prison back in February, when the entire Bureau of Prisons system was under lockdown due to violence in USP Beaumont, in Texas. He wrote that "murder and mayhem" is the norm in federal prison and the public is typically kept in the dark about it.
B.G. also wrote he has health problems that make him more susceptible to COVID-19, lambasted his previous attorney for "incompetence" in writing a prior failed release motion, and refuted prosecutors' attempts to paint him as a violent individual due to his rap lyrics, adding that the only thing he's ever killed was a microphone.
"Contrary to the government's assertions that Dorsey represents some sort of threat to others or his community, his peers, and the city of New Orleans love him," he wrote. "Dorsey's success and real-life
struggles resonate. He is one of them who made it despite the odds against him."
In one part of the motion, B.G. wrote that he is just one year away from being eligible for home confinement. If released, he wrote he would move to Las Vegas and continue his career as an entertainer.
Morgan wrote that she "does not find any gross neglect that affected the outcome of Dorsey’s second motion for compassionate release" on the part of Dorsey's attorney.
In 2012, B.G. was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison in connection with guns found during a traffic stop in eastern New Orleans. After his arrest, prosecutors tacked on a witness tampering charge, alleging that B.G. pressured two other passengers to take the blame for the weapons.
In the support letters, Birdman described Dorsey as being "like a son to me" and that he's watched B.G. "change and grow in an unprecedented fashion."
"He is not only a generational artist, but he's got a platform and the chance to share his experience to better today's young men who need to hear what he's got to say," Birdman wrote. "When he is released, I know he will give back and use what he's gone through to help as many people as possible."
Gary Payton Sr. wrote that he's been a fan of B.G.'s music for years and added, "we all have a past and deserve second chances."
"I plan to mentor him as he reintegrates back into society. This man is needed back on the streets to mentor the youth. His real-life testimony is priceless," Payton wrote.
B.G. is in FCI Victorville Medium in California, with a projected release date of April 7, 2024.
Written By: Nate Gartrell