Pina appeared in court with his wife, Puerto Rican urban singer Natti Natasha, and their teenage children. Photo: Social Network

Rafi PinaPuerto Rican Urban Music Producer and Singer Director Father YankeeThis Tuesday, May 24, he was sentenced to 41 months in prison for illegal possession of firearms.

San Francisco Besosa, a federal court judge in San Juan, issued the order Judgment against PinarWho assured that he did not expect this opinion, although he did expect “a good punishment”.

Pina faces up to 3 years and 5 more months in prison for his release on custody and a fine of USD 150,000.

Besosa also told the producer that he had returned to the U.S. federal authorities by 3:00 a.m. Tuesday (7:00 PM GMT).

Pina has faced two charges Possession of a firearm Automatically changed illegally for fire and occupation Firearms By a person convicted of a crime.

For this reason, he was convicted in December, although he had to wait until May 24 for sentencing, which was delayed several times.

Search for weapons

The discovery of the weapon occurred in April 2020, when agents FBI in Puerto Rico They searched an empty house of the artists’ manager in Caguas, a suburb of San Juan.

According to authorities, Pina kept a 9mm Glock 19 pistol in a bedroom, which was converted, a Smith & Wesson.40, as well as 526 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.

On the way out of court, Pina – 43 years old and president of the record company Pineapple record– said he would be transferred to a municipal Guanabo metropolitan detention center near San Juan.

“I always knew in my heart that I was going to be punished. I didn’t expect jailBut a good punishment, “said the Puerto Rican businessman this Tuesday, on a date – May 24 – which coincided with the death of his father of the same name 22 years ago.

Will appeal against the sentence

The producer, who came to court with his wife, the Puerto Rican urban singer Natasha NatashaAnd his adolescents have insisted that he is a person who does not give up and that is why he will appeal for punishment.

Regarding the three additional 3 and 5 month supervised release periods Besosa added, the press asked him if it was fair, to which he replied: “You have to ask him.”

Before the sentencing, Pina read a message to the judge and the rest of the audience, including the well-known Puerto Rican reggaeton player. Father Yankee And his wife, Meredis Gonzalez.

In front of the judge, Pina said, “Today I am facing the most difficult situation that a citizen can lose my freedom.”
“Today, in front of you, I would like to ask you with the utmost respect Let me go back to my familyIn his message, the producer requested, including the father of four children, including his youngest daughter, Vida, one year old.

After the punishment, d Pina legal partyPart of which was attorney Maria Dominguez, who told Judge Bessosa that his client would remain free when the case was appealed, which was denied.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s another round of attacks – for my family, for me, for my friends, for my business. I say this openly: this business is not drug trafficking, this business is not money laundering, ”he assured.

In this sense, he told the press that authorities have been investigating him since 2018 Drug trafficking And money laundering, a criminal matter he denies is related to the reggaeton industry.

“I am standing here today, and I am saying this openly: (it) to be a regatta producer. It’s not for anything else. They could not prove anything, “he assured the media while about 30 people were waiting outside the court.

“It was as if they wanted to draw Regaton It comes from the underworld. When will they end with that theory? Today I am going to jail, but I will come back, I am going to fight for my rights, ”he assured.

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