American Rapper, Meek Mill Jailed For Two To Four Years In Prison
American hip-hop artist, Meek Mill learned the hard way that being a celebrity doesn’t mean you can get away with anything.
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley slapped the rapper with a sentence of two to four years in prison for probation violations on Monday. In his judgement, the judge made it clear to the musician that he had wasted several chances to clean up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case and he has to pay for his misconducts.
Brinkley, who previously sentenced Meek Mill to 90 days of house arrest following a February 2016 probation violation, accused him of “just thumbing your nose at me” with his repeated violations. The latest sentence rounded out a roughly decade-long back and forth between the 30-year-old musician and Brinkley that has dogged Mill’s career as he had been jailed and called to court multiple times for various infractions.
“I’ve been trying to help you since 2009,” Brinkley said, with reference to a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests. “You basically thumbed your nose at me.” As a result, the judged deemed it necessary to hand down the sentence even after a prosecutor recommended that Mill should not be imprisoned for the violations.
The prosecutor argued that the rapper has been clean since January and has gone through a lot of changes as a person since his original crime. Notwithstanding, Brinkley said the prosecutor was too new to the case to understand how Mill just “does what he wants”.
Meanwhile, Mill owned up to the violations in his statement during the hearing and said that jailing him would likely end his musical career. He said that he has battled his addiction to the prescription painkiller Percocet and that he has only tried to escape a life of crime. “I may have made a mistake but I never had the intention of disrespecting you,” he told the judge. His lawyer, Brian McMonagle, restated the prosecutor’s recommendation of no prison sentence back to the judge to no avail.
Subsequently, McMonagle vowed to appeal the decision. Meek Mill, 30 was initially arrested on drug and weapons charges in 2008, resulting in eight months in prison and five years of probation. After the rapper violated his probation in 2009 by jetting out of Philadelphia without approval, he was sentenced to an additional five months in prison and his probation was extended for 10 more years.