Dallasblack.com: Meek Mill Sentenced To 2-4 Years In Prison For Probation Violation

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:05 AM

Meek Mill Sentenced To 2-4 Years In Prison For Probation Violation

By: Monya Fleming

Meek Mill Sentenced To 2-4 Years In Prison For Probation Violation
Meek Mill is behind bars after a judge sentenced the Philadelphia rapper to two to four years in prison for violating probation, along with a failed drug test. 

The rapper, born Robert Williams, was arrested in March after a fight at a St. Louis airport, although the charges were dropped. Mill also pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after he posted videos of himself on social media doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who previously sentenced to Meek to 90 days of house arrest following a probation violation in February 2016, accused the rapper of "just thumbing your nose at me" with his repeated violations.

Meek addressed the judge for 40 minutes before his sentencing, asking the judge for mercy and insisting that his "technical probation violations" were mistakes and not disrespect.

"I’m human. I’m not perfect," Mill told judge Brinkley. "I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over."


The judge wasn't hearing it and sentenced Meek to two to four years in state prison. "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court."


The judge stated that Meek would be eligible for state parole supervision after two years. "Then I’ll be done with you," Brinkley added.


The judge ordered that Mill be immediately taken into custody. The rapper quickly removed his gold watch and other items and handed them to his lawyer, before being escorted from the courtroom by sheriff's deputies. 


Mill's probation stems from a 2008 drug and weapons case that landed him in prison for eight months. He initially received five years probation, but he failed to report to a probation officer or obtain prior approval for traveling outside of Philadelphia. That move resulted in him getting an extra five months in prison in 2013, also extending his probation to ten years.


Mill's defense attorney stated that he would be filing an appeal of the rapper's sentence. 


Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation business manages the rapper, spoke out about Mill's sentencing.

He stated, "The sentence handed down by the Judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career."


Do you believe Meek's sentencing is too harsh?


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