Bank Robber And Rapper Bump J Gets a Steal Of A Plea Deal

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By: Vibe / August 26, 2009

Bump JChicago rapper Bump J recently signed a plea deal that would give him a lighter prison sentence, for his part in a 2007 bank robbery in his hometown.

According to the local Wednesday Journal, Bump (Terrance Boykin) faced a life sentence, but as part of the plea deal he signed last month, he’s likely to receive a minimum seven year sentence.

Back in January 2007, the rapper and another man entered a Chase Bank branch, wielding handguns and announcing a robbery. They then forced bank employees to hand over cash from the teller drawers and vault, making off with more than $100,000. While no injuries were reported, the robbery was caught on surveillance cameras.

He was arrested late last year, following a routine traffic stop in Carbondale, Illinois, after the FBI got involved in an unpublicized manhunt.

The 28-year-old rapper initially faced anywhere from 37 to 46 months for the bank robbery itself, but because he threatened employees with a handgun, he faced life. He will be required to serve a mandatory minimum seven years on the charge of brandishing a gun during a crime of violence.

Bump J is scheduled to be sentenced on September 1. The rapper made a name for himself locally on the mixtape circuit, including one with DJ Drama called Chicagorilla. His buzz earned him a record deal with Atlantic Records, but his debut was never released.