A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Meek Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.
When sentencing the 30-year-old musician Monday (Nov. 5), Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel.
The sentence came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, noting he’s been off drugs since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.
But Brinkley says she’s been trying to help Mill for about a decade and that he just does whatever he wants.
Mill’s lawyer has vowed to appeal.
The rapper was previously arrested at a St. Louis airport for an altercation that involved two employees back in March and was more recently busted for reckless endangerment while driving his motorcycle on an August night in New York City. Both cases were dropped after the emcee fulfilled his community service requirements. He was placed on house arrest in 2015 for a probation violationwhen he left Pennsylvania without proper approval.
All of this stems from his original 2008 charges, for which he served eight months in prison.
Billboard has reached out to Meek Mill’s reps for comment.
Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison Monday (Nov. 6), and fellow artists and entertainers are taking to social media to criticize the Philadelphia judge’s decision.
Judge Genece Brinkley made the call, sentencing Mill for violating probation in a gun and drug case from 2008. Brinkley cited a failed drug test, as well as failure to comply with a court order restricting the rapper’s travel.
“Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up,” Kevin Hart said on Instagram.
To be yung Blac and successful YOU ENEMY NUMBER 1,” rapper Nipsey Hussle wrote on Twitter. “HOLD YO HEAD @MeekMill streets chose u.”
“More proof that our criminal justice system is a joke,” Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith commented. “Throwing folks in jail for 2-4 years for misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money….too long.”