Celebrity criminal defense attorney Michael Grieco announced that a Miami-Dade judge has dropped armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm charges against rapper Richard Morales, known as “Gunplay,” during a scheduled court hearing today.
33-year-old Morales, a protégé of top-selling rap artist Rick Ross, was accused of robbing a man at a Miami tax business in April 2012. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
“After the prosecutor was denied a third request for a trial delay, she was forced to drop the case. Mr. Play will be released from house arrest and is free to get back to his music.”
Morales was facing a possible life in prison sentence if convicted of both charges. Prosecutors said Morales and another suspect allegedly stole a gold chain and a cell phone during the altercation. A warrant in connection with this incident was issued in May 2012. Morales surrendered peacefully and cooperated with authorities while under house arrest. Grieco said Morales is now free to pursue his music career.
“We couldn’t be happier with the result. My client kept his chin up the entire time he was facing life in prison, sitting on house arrest waiting for his day in court. He got it, and he is now a free man and ready to get back to his music. A dismissal on a case like this is very rare and my client knows it’s simply time to move forward.”
–Courtesy of Media Alert, The Grieco Law Center