Rumors have been circulating for months that Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie, who has been incarcerated since 2009, would be returning home from prison soon. So far, however, an actual date has just been a matter of speculation. According to New Orleans' NOLA.com, there's now a date people can look forward to: August 18, 2014.
That's the date on record with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the publication reported. Based on a separate conversation with Pam Laborde, the agency's communications director, NOLA.com added that Boosie will be under supervision until June 17, 2018.
Previous speculation about a possible date has been all over the place. In a Rolling Stone article published in January, his lawyers suggested his release could come as soon as this past summer or as late as summer 2014. At one point, a Craigslist post suggested he might get out in May. Journalist Jeff Weiss, who covered the case, tweeted an update in September that Boosie's attorneys suggested it would be no more than four or five months until Boosie's release. Rick Ross also suggested around the same time in an interview with Power 105.1 that Boosie might be home by November.
Boosie was sent to prison on a probation violation and marijuana possession charges in 2009, and in 2011 his sentence was extended when he pleaded guilty for attempting to smuggle in narcotics. He had also been facing charges for the murder of Terry Boyd since 2009, but he was acquitted in 2012.
So: Boosie. Free in eight months. Sooner than some estimates and longer than others. But there's an end in sight. Time to break out the #FreeBoosie hashtag again.
UPDATE: Boosie's brother Taquari Hatch has clarified that Boosie could be released as early as February 16, 2014, correcting the report that Boosie will be coming home next summer. The rapper just needs to finish two classes before being eligible for release.
Lil Boosie will be out of prison by February http://t.co/R75don9ULMâ€” LIL BOOSIE (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) December 20, 2013