Dallasblack.com: BIG UPDATE On Mendeecees Harris' Legal Battle to Reduce Federal Prison Bid


Monday, March 13, 2017 7:37 AM

BIG UPDATE On Mendeecees Harris' Legal Battle to Reduce Federal Prison Bid

By: Monya Fleming

BIG UPDATE On Mendeecees Harris' Legal Battle to Reduce Federal Prison Bid
Mendeecees Harris won't be getting out of prison early after all, after a federal judge rejected the "Love & Hip Hop: New York" star's request to reduce his sentence by three years. Mendeecees was sentenced to eight years in prison in December of 2015 for his part in a drug trafficking ring.

Mendeecees' lawyer, Dawn Florio, had argued that her client was sentenced under expired guidelines. Florio also claimed Mendeecees' involvement in the cocaine and heroin ring was misrepresented, stating the reality star never sold drugs and simply pushed them.

Harris was hoping to reduce his sentence by three years, offering to talk to the youth about steering clear of drug dealing and staying off of the streets. 

Judge Geraci ruled on March 9 that Mendeecees' plea deal stated that he cannot appeal the sentence once it went into effect. The judge did reveal new sentencing guidelines went into effect before Harris was sent to prison, but his plea deal states the sentence can't be reduced.
The judge also ruled that Mendeecees had a significant role in the drug ring and frowned on his attempt to downplay his part. Judge Geraci also cited a confidential informant that told the government he received three to five kilos of coke from Mendeecees every month. Another informant revealed that Harris gave them five kilos of heroin. The judge also brought up the fact that Mendeecees himself admitted he trafficked at least 40 kilos of cocaine and heroin.

The judge wrote, "Additionally, even if the Court was authorized to grant a modification, it would not be appropriate under the facts and circumstances of this case. Defendant was involved in the distribution of a significant amount of cocaine and heroin into the Rochester community."

Harris struck a plea deal in 2015 in the the criminal case that accused him of running a drug ring in upstate New York. The prosecutors accused the reality star of shipping more than $2.5 million dollars of heroin and cocaine for more than seven years.

Mendeecees plead guilty to drug trafficking charges and was facing up to 10 years in prison and up to a $5 million dollar fine. He was also ordered to hand over his "Love & Hip Hop: New York" paychecks, along with his luxury car and the money he received for personal appearances.

Prosecutors were pushing for a sentence of 9-10 years, but the jduge sentenced Harris to eight years and 1 month in prison plus five years of supervised release. The judge also gave him 15 months credit for time already served behind bars.

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