It wasn’t long ago when hip-hop celebrated the release of Philly MC Meek Mill from prison after an 8-month stint on gun and drug charges. Unfortunately, it looks like the culture will have to say farewell once again, as the Wins & Losses rapper has just been sentenced to another 2-4 years for parole violation.
USA Today reports Robert Rameek Williams was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley after almost a decade of back and forth between them. The judge claimed to be insulted by the spitter ignoring her past warnings.
“I’ve been trying to help you since 2009,” Brinkley said, citing 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.”
Mill was arrested on reckless endangerment charges in New York City this August, accused of riding an illegal dirt bike and posting a clip of it on Instagram. In March, the “Dreams & Nightmares” artist was arrested for fighting at a St. Louis airport, both of which violated his parole.
His response was that while he admittedly made a few mistakes along the way, he never meant to offend his honor.
“I may have made a mistake but I never had the intention of disrespecting you,” he said, claiming that he is battling an addition to prescription painkiller Percocet and worries his career will be over if locked up once again.
Still, the judge went against the prosecutor’s recommendation of no prison time, with several of Meek’s celebrity friends believing the sentence to be unfair.
Check out Jay Z, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg and more responding to the sentence and showing support for Mill below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.