Meek Mill sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for violating probation – Jay Z calls it 'unjust and heavy handed'
Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.
A Philadelphia judge, Genece E. Brinkley, cited a failed drug test and unapproved travel, stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case. The rapper was immediately taken into custody.
Brinkley said she had given Nicki Minaj’s ex multiple chances but he hasn’t complied. According to evidence from probation officers, the rapper tested positive for narcotics numerous times.
The sentence was unexpected as prosecutors recommended the star not be imprisoned for the probation violations, mentioning he’s been drug-free since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.
His lawyer, Brian McMonagle, has vowed to appeal the sentencing.
Meek – born Robert Rihmeek Williams – has been arrested twice this year. He was arrested in March at St. Louis International Airport and charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation with two airport employees.
In August, he was stopped for reckless endangerment while driving his motorcycle in New York City. Both cases were dropped after he agreed to fulfill community service requirements.
Brinkley has worked with the rapper since nearly a decade ago, when the rapper was convicted and jailed for eight months and later placed on probation in 2008 for gun and drug charges.
In 2016, he was placed under house arrest for 90 days after violating travel restrictions.
Jay Z later addressed his sentence, calling it “unjust and heavy handed”.
He wrote:on Facebook: “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.”
Thanks to: mirror – US gossip