It has been a rough year for rapper Meek Mill.
After his split with the New York rap star Nicki Minaj, as well as a nasty rap beef with Toronto born rapper Drake–he has definitely experienced his share of “l’s” this year.
Now, Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley has sentenced the 30-year old Philly native to 2-4 years in prison for a parole violation.
Violations which include a failed drug test, as well as not obeying court ordered travel restrictions.
The New York Times Reports:
“The sentence came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, noting he’s been off drugs since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.
But Brinkley says she’s been trying to help Mill for about a decade and that he just does whatever he wants. “
Meek Mill has definitely had his share of run-in’s with the law before and after establishing himself as rap star.
- Mill was arrested for illegally possessing a firearm and assaulting the police when he was 18 years old. He was put on probation. Since then, he has been arrested four times for parole violation.
- In 2008, Mill was convicted of drug dealing and gun possession and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. Mill was released during the early portion of 2009 under a five-year parole agreement
- In December 2012, Mill was found to have violated his probation and the judge revoked Mill’s travel permit
- In May 2013, Mill was again found to have violated his probation and was ordered to take etiquette classes. The violation was a failure to report travel plans as required and social media postings that resulted in death threats to the judge, Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and probation officer assigned his case. The Judge again required the classes and stressed the requirement to report travel plans.
- On July 11, 2014, Mill had his probation revoked and he was sentenced to three to six months in jail. He was released from prison on December 2, 2014.
- He was found guilty for a parole violation again on December 17, 2015. The judge hearing his case refused to give him another chance and ordered him not to work or perform before his sentencing on February 5, 2016.
- He was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest on February 5. The sentence became effective March 1 during which he was not allowed to work and was required to do daily community service with groups serving adults. He was also sentenced to six more years of probation.
- On June 2, 2016, Meek Mill was sentenced to eight additional days of house arrest.
- On March 11, 2017, Mill was arrested at a local airport in St. Louis, Missouri for assaulting two pedestrians. Shortly after his arrest and court appearance, he was given a court summons.
I feel for Meek Mill because of the financial impact his imprisonment may have not only on himself but his family as well. In addition, I hope he is still able to release music and maintain a solid footing within the music industry during his imprisonment.
His lawyers plan to appeal the sentence.