Faced with a possible life sentence in federal prison, Chicago rapper Terrance Boykin, aka Bump J, accepted a plea deal that carries a minimum seven year sentence. In the plea deal signed June 26, Boykin admitted his guilt in the Jan. 4, 2007 robbery of the Chase Bank, 800 Madison St., which netted $108,135. He also admitted threatening bank employees with a gun.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Boykin, 28, faced between 37 and 46 months in prison for the bank robbery itself, but life in prison for menacing bank employees with a .45 caliber handgun. He will be required to serve a mandatory minimum seven years on the charge of brandishing a gun during a crime of violence. He’s scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Charles R. Norgle on Sept. 1.