Wheelchair User Keak Da Sneak Worried He Won't Get Proper Treatment As He Begins Prison Sentence
The Bay Area rapper was given the prison sentence back in January.
As Keak Da Sneak begins his 16-month prison sentence at Amador County for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, the rapper is worried that he won’t get the proper treatment for his ailments as a result of a shooting that left him in a wheelchair.
In a report from KQED, Keak, real name Charles Kente William, explained how he is in need of regular medical care for bed sores — a common ailment for people with mobility issues — and that, if left unattended or not properly treated, could result in a life-threatening infection.
In 2017, the Bay area legend survived two shootings in an attempted robbery. Following the shooting, the artist now lives with severe disabilities that require him to uses a wheelchair full time, a colostomy bag, a catheter, and nurse care.
“I know they’re not gonna give me the treatment I need in prison,” the rapper previously told KQED. “I’ve been to jail before, and once you get behind these walls, they have no compassion. You have to be on your dying bed for them to give you some assistance.”
Joanne Biernacki, the rapper’s lawyer, also spoke on his situation.
“We are concerned how the state system would treat him because the [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] is under a mandate, and are being monitored for not treating the prisoners well,” Biernacki said. “I’ve read reports on prisoners not doing well in the state prison system. The last thing I want is for him to go in and get sicker.”
Keak faces three years of parole once he’s released.