He didn't mean to!
Meek Mill has been sentenced to at least two years in prison for repeatedly violating his probation. The Philly rapper was sentenced to two-to-four years on the inside after recent brushes with the law in St. Louis and New York.
“I’ve been trying to help you since 2009,” Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during the sentencing. “You basically thumbed your nose at me,” the judge continued of his behavior.
The charges that brought Meek back before the court were for an assault and an arrest for reckless driving stemming from the rapper showing out on a dirt-bike in New York City.
A Changed Man
The assault case was dropped before going to trial, and Mill reached a plea deal in the reckless driving case. However, when paired with a failed drug test and a few instances of failing to notify the law before traveling, the judge thought it constituted a pattern of disrespect and disregard for his orders.
That said, the prosecutor in the case did not want to send Meek to prison. He argued that the rapper has been clean for all of 2017 which proves that he is a changed man from the one who was sentenced on gun and drug charges nearly a decade ago.
Brinkley — who also presided over Meek’s original case – said that the prosecutor didn’t know the rapper as well as she did. She said that the rapper “does what he wants” despite warnings from the courts.
Meek, for his part, testified that he never meant any disrespect to the court with his actions.
“I may have made a mistake but I never had the intention of disrespecting you,” he said.
Apparently, Meek’s contrition wasn’t enough to sway Brinkley, who sentenced him to 2-4 years in prison. The star’s defense team plans on appealing the decision.
Such a high-profile figure going down was bound to cause a bit of a reaction in the hip-hop world. Stars across the entertainment world weighed in on the sentence.
They took the time to call out both Meek’s sentence and the system that allows a person to be put in prison eight years after their original charge.
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“The sentence handed down by the judge — against the recommendation of the assistant district attorney and probation officer — is unjust and heavy handed,” Jay-Z wrote on Twitter. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his music career.”
Kevin Hart shared an image of himself and Meek sitting courtside and sent out best wishes for the rapper.
“Praying for my brother Meek Mill right now,” he wrote. “God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers.”
T.I. also chimed in:
“We was wit u then & WE STILL WIT U NOW!!! This too shall pass,” wrote Tip. “You got this!!! God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs. We got real love for u out here KING.”
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