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Meek Mill was convicted on drug and gun charges in 2008 but released in 2009 under a 5-year parole agreement.
A Philly judge sentenced the popular rapper to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating probation in the nearly decade-old case.
Born and raised in Philly, Meek Mill grew a local following in the hip-hop scene before gaining national recognition.
Popular rapper Meek Mill sits behind bars in the Philadelphia suburbs after a judge sentenced him to two to four years for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.
In his mugshot from the state prison in Graterford, Montgomery County, Mill is seen in a yellow prison outfit, staring straight at the camera.
Meek Mill is seen after being sent to prison for probation violations. Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
The prison garb is a stark contrast from the suit Mill wore when he entered a Philadelphia courtroom Monday for a hearing on probation violations.
When sentencing the 30-year-old musician, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel.
Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was convicted on drug and gun charges in 2008 but released in 2009 under a five-year parole agreement. Since then prosecutors say Mill has violated parole by repeatedly changing his court-approved travel schedule and ducking a drug test.
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In 2016, Mill was ordered to serve 90 days on house arrest for violating the terms of his parole. Prosecutors described violations that included unapproved travel to New York for a benefit concert and efforts to join his then-girlfriend, rapper Nicki Minaj, in various cities. They also accused him of turning in cold water instead of urine for a drug test.
In March, Mill was accused of being involved in an altercation at an airport in St. Louis, Missouri. He was also arrested this year in New York City for reckless driving.
Monday’s sentencing came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, noting he’s been clean since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.
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Brinkley said the prosecutor was too new to the case to understand how Mill just “does what he wants.”
Mill’s legal team has vowed to appeal the ruling.
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Mill was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he became a key figure in the local hip-hop scene before gaining national recognition.
He has released three studio albums since 2012; the most recent, “Wins & Losses,” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.