Meek Mill Sentenced to 2 to 4 Years In State Prison
Meek Mill is going back to prison. The Philadelphia rapper has been sentenced to a minimum of two years for violating his probation.
Philly.com reports that Mill (born Robert Rihmeek William) arrived at a Philadelphia court on Monday (Nov. 6), where Judge Genece E. Brinkley ruled that he'd violated multiple provisions of his probation from a 2008 drug and gun case.
Meek reportedly addressed the judge for around 40 minutes, explaining that his violations were "technical" mistakes and not intended as disrespect for the court.
“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.”
But Brinkley cited Mill's two arrests this year and he and his managers scheduling concerts that required travel despite the judge barring performances outside of Philadelphia or Montgomery County. The judge chided Mill for not performing his community service to her liking; she'd visited the rapper as he was supposed to be feeding the homeless at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia—but when she arrived, she saw him sorting clothes. “It was only when you realized that I came there to check on you that you decided to serve meals,” Brinkley said.
Last month, Mill pleaded guilty in Manhattan to reckless endangerment charges after he was arrested for doing stunts on a dirt bike on city streets and then posting video online. Mill wasn't given a ticket at the time; he was arrested after the video was seen. He was arrested back in March for fighting at a St. Louis airport—the charges were dropped after he agreed to perform community service for the Veterans Association in Philadelphia.
Meek Mill's attorney, Brian J. McMonagle, told the judge that authorities downgraded the charges, allowing the rapper to enter a pretrial diversion program with community service. And neither the city prosecutor nor Mill’s probation officer recommended jail time for the violations. But Brinkley seems to have decided to make an example of the rapper.
“I gave you break after break and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley told Mill. The rapper removed several of his personal belongings and was escorted out of court following his sentencing.
Social media reacted with shock and disappointment following Meek Mill's sentencing.