Philly rapper Meek Mill is going back to jail for a minimum sentence of two years for violating the terms of his probation.
According to TMZ, the hip-hop recording artist was in Philadelphia court, on Monday, when the judge ruled that he violated his probation from a 2008 drug and weapons case when he was arrested in a fight at an airport in St. Louis, last March, and his reckless driving arrest in New York City, in August.
Although both cases were dropped, the judge said that the charges alone made them violations and sentenced him to two-to-four years in prison. He was immediately remanded into custody.
Meek Mill had previously violated the terms of parole in 2015 when he left Pennsylvania, without approval from the court, in order to perform at a concert. As a result, he was placed under house arrest.
During the hearing, Judge Brinkley, who has presided over his case since 2008, refuted the rapper’s attempts for mercy, insisting he had already been given several opportunities by the court to fly right. “Break after break and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” she said.
Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, also told TMZ that they plan to appeal, believing that the charges could be part of a much larger vendetta. In a closed-doors meeting with the judge, she allegedly requested that the rapper remake the Boyz II Men song, “On Bended Knee,” and give her a shout-out.
Tacopina said that during the encounter, the judge reiterated that she was not kidding and when Meek refused, replied, “Okay, suit yourself.” He said that despite the recommendation of prosecutors—that Meek see no jail time—the judge acted out of bias by issuing such a stiff sentence, which they plan to appeal.
Following the hearing, hip-hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter spoke out about the Meek Mill ruling on Facebook. “The sentence handed down by the Judge—against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer—is unjust and heavy-handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career,” Carter said.
Atlanta rapper T.I. also showed his support for Meek with a post on his Instagram. “Was wit u then & WE STILL WIT U NOW!!! This too shall pass,” T.I. said. “You got this!!! God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs. We got real love for u out here KING. 🙏🏽”