Nationally known Sacramento rapper Donald Oliver, who goes by the stage names Lavish D and Lavish D CML, was sentenced to 90 days in county jail last week for a parole violation – four days after releasing a new album meant to celebrate leaving incarceration behind.
Despite the three-month sentence, Oliver is scheduled to serve only 17 days from the date of his Aug. 29 arrest, said Sacramento Superior Court spokeswoman Kim Pederson. That puts his release at Friday.
In August, Oliver was part of a group at Meadowview Park in south Sacramento targeted in a mid-afternoon drive-by shooting. The group had gathered for a video shoot for another rapper and associate of Oliver’s, Shawn “C-Bo” Thomas.
The video shoot was also billed on social media as a “unity” gathering after months of gang-related violence in Sacramento that some city officials and community members said was linked to an online social media feud between local rap artists. Some community members speculated that the social media post about the event led rival gang members to retaliate.
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Oliver was not injured in that drive-by shooting, but five other men were shot and 49-year-old Ernie Jessey Cadena died.
Sacramento police spokesman Detective Eddie MacCaulay said no arrests have been made in that case.
Court records show that Oliver was sentenced on Sept. 6 in Sacramento Superior Court after admitting to violating parole by associating with gang members, said Pederson. Court records also show that Oliver has been ordered to stay away from gang members upon release.
Oliver was released July 5 and placed on parole after serving three years for gun- and assault-related charges associated with another local gang war in 2014, also possibly sparked by rival rap videos. That case involved a video Oliver shot and posted to social media of several gang members from the Mack Road area jumping an Oak Park gang member inside a shoe store in Arden Fair Mall.
Oliver is being held in Sacramento County Main Jail, according to county records. California parole revocations have changed in recent years under a criminal sentencing realignment passed by the state Legislature. In most instances, parolees can’t be returned to state prison now, but instead are held in county jails for up to 180 days.
Since his release, Oliver has made numerous well-received rap videos posted on YouTube, and on Sept. 2, his 33rd birthday, Oliver released an album called “3 Years Later,” a reference to his time in state prison.