YNW Melly Says He Fears For His Life While In Jail: I Am Being Mistreated, Discriminated, Threatened Physically, & Harassed
Jailed rapper YNW Melly has spoken out from behind bars and has expressed that he fears for his life.
On Monday afternoon (December 12), YNW Melly took to his official Instagram account to share two lengthy posts pleading for help. The 23-year-old rapper/singer claims he’s received poor treatment while incarcerated, alleging that he has been threatened and abused by jail staff as he awaits trial for double murder.
Under a photo of one of his mugshots, YNW Melly, born Jamell Demons began with,
“As of this moment today I am officially in fear of my life. A new Captain named Hubert and XO Jenkins have taken over the jail for two weeks now and have handed out even harsher punishments for me than the previous ones in place. Since December 1 I have been moved and housed on a unit that holds 24 inmates at once. I am the only inmate being housed on the vacant unit, with no phone privilege, no television and no access to a newspaper. They are watching my every move on camera making sure I don’t use the phone to tell the world how I am being mistreated, discriminated, threatened physically, harassed.”
“When I come out of my cell for the 1 hour a day, all other inmates in the adjoining dorms must go back in their cell. I am being subjected to cruel and unusual treatment at the hands of deputies and high-ranking staff of the Broward Sheriffs Office.”
“I have been threatened by Deputies, Lieutenants and Sergeants that say ‘they will hide me from the world’ and threaten to ‘beat my a** everyday and if I tell my lawyers they will lie and say I hit them first.’ Words from Sergeant Anthony Kidd and Lieutenant Jean Baptiste. I have literally been hidden from the World so I have no other choice but to believe the next step is them beating ½ to death like they do to other inmates almost daily here at the main ail in Broward County.”
Melly elaborates in a follow-up post, sharing that his phone privileges are being revoked. He also claims that he’s not allowed to contact family members. The “Murda on My Mind” artist says,
“I cant call my family or lawyers to notify them if I have been beaten or harassed. They say my phone privileges are taken permanently because all of the infractions over the last seven months. THAT IS A LIE! They took my phone privileges indefinitely off of my 1 violation for using another inmates pin to talk on the phone when I am not allowed to use the phone. If I had been treated like every other inmate at this facility my phone pin would have been restored and phone privileges given back after 30 days per the handbook. I have however went without phone privileges since MAY 8, 2022 and have not been given back my phone pin since the first year I was here.”
Melly went on,
“I have served all my disciplinary time so why are my phone privileges still taken. Why am I the ONLY inmate on a unit by themselves BLOCKED from any human interaction? There are inmates here, that have been convicted, of orchestrating robberies over the jail phone and another who planned an escape from jail that was carried out over the jail phone, they are still allowed to use the phone after committing serious crimes and security threats to the facility. But my phone privileges are taken indefinitely for violating a harmless phone policy that carries a punishment of 30 days max!!! I am housed and surrounded in the care of power struck deputies and captains of high authority that even have told me to my face that ‘they don’t like me’ and ‘I pissed them off.’”
He then notes,
“I am not safe in the hands of these people especially if the highest in command in the jail ‘doesn’t like me.’ I am in fear of my life. My family is in fear of my life. I can not do another day here. Someone please help me get moved to another county jail until my trial. PLEASE!”
As you may already know, Melly was arrested and charged in February 2019 for the killings of his two friends, rappers YNW Juvy (Chris Thomas, 20) and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams, 21) on October 26, 2018.
Initially taken off the table over the summer, Melly may still face the death penalty after a Florida appeals court ruled on November 9 that prosecutors could actually seek the death penalty for the rapper if he’s convicted.
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