UPDATES 9TH NOVEMBER: Shortly after the sentencing, Meek Mill turned himself in to Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Corrections and his mugshot was taken but it is not yet clear where he will be carrying out his sentence. A petition has been started to re-evaluate his charges, directed at Governor Tom Wolf.
Meek Mill has received a sentence of 2-4 years in prison after he violated his probation with two arrests earlier in the year.
Back in March he was arrested after a fight at at St. Louis airport and later in the year pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after posting videos of himself doing wheelies on a dirt bike. Both arrests were considered violations of his probation despite the former’s charges being dropped.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who previously sentenced Mill to 90 days of house arrest following a February 2016 probation violation, accused him of “just thumbing your nose at me” (aka just taking the p*ss) with his repeated violations.
The original arrests were back in 2008 on drug and weapon charges, leading to eight months in prison and five years of probation, but he violated these charges too in 2009 by travelling out of Philadelphia without approval leading to an additional five months in prison and a massive 10 years of probation added.
Mill’s defence attorney declined to comment after the decision, but regarding an appeal of the sentence stated, “You’re goddamned right I am.”
Several celebrities have publicly backed Meek Mill, with Jay-Z writing 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.”