At his Wednesday bond hearing, Silento, whose real name is Ricky Lamar Hawk, was denied release. The judge stated that the 23-year-old's current mental health challenges had made him a danger to society. The judge noted his refusal to take psychiatric medications and leaving a treatment facility prematurely all played a role in his decision to deny the $25,000 bond request. Prosecutors also stated that even Silento's grandparents did not believe he should be granted a bond.
For now, Silento will remain in jail, where he is facing murder charges for the shooting death of his 34-year-old cousin, Frederick Rooks, in January. Rooks was found shot to death lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators located eight spent shell casings near his lifeless body.
Silento's 2015 "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified six-times platinum. Despite the success of the record, the rapper never scored another hit. Instead, he spent the following years in and out of jail. Four months before allegedly murdering his cousin, he was arrested for wielding a hatchet at his girlfriend. That case is still pending.
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