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


Monday, April 17, 2017 8:27 AM

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

By: Monya Fleming

BIG UPDATE On Mendeecees Harris' Legal Battle to Reduce His Federal Prison Bid
Mendeecees has previously had his appeal for a lesser prison sentence shut down, but the reality star is not giving up! His attorney appealed the judge's ruling last month, but things have hit another bump in the road. Apparently, the case risks being thrown out because the proper legal documents were not submitted. 

The "Love & Hip Hop: New York" star is bound and determined to have his prison sentence reduced. Mendeecees was sentenced to eight years behind bars in December of 2015 for his role in a drug trafficking ring. He has been seeking to have his sentence reduced, but has failed thus far.

Mendeecees' lawyer, Dawn Florio, filed an appeal last month, claiming that the court made an error when the judge shut down his bid for less prison time. Mendeecees previously argued that he was locked up under expired sentencing guidelines, stating that his then-lawyer and the prosecution should have realized the error. He asked for three years to be shaved off his time, saying that he could continue his work as a youth leader and encourage kids to stay off the streets and in the drug dealing lifestyle.

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.

Mendeecees' lawyer Florio also claimed Mendeecees' involvement in the cocaine and heroin ring was misrepresented, stating the reality star never sold drugs and simply pushed them.

The judge wasn't buying it and didn't appreciate the reality star attempting to downplay his role. The judge ruled that Mendeecees had a significant role in the drug ring. 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."

Mendeecees and his legal team have until the end of the month to file the additional paperwork required. If they don't, his appeal will likely be tossed out of court. 

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