By Njera Perkins
He was in headlines last week after his trouble with the law got him arrested, now it looks like Meek Mill is headed back to jail.
Monday, November 6th, a judge sentenced Meek Mill to a minimum of two to four years in prison after a pair of arrests earlier this year violated his probation. He was arrested back in March for a fight in a St. Louis airport and plead guilty to reckless driving in New York City after he posted videos of him doing wheelies on a dirt bike.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley said the rapper “wasted several chances to clean up his act” following his 2009 gun and drug charges. Meek Mill was also sentenced to 90 days house arrest after committing a February 0f 2016 violation. The Philadelphia judge has previously overseen legal matters involving Meek Mill and after reviewing his case plus accounting for the other multiple probation violations, he deemed that both arrests were a violation of his probation, resulting in the harsh sentence.
Fans and celebrities all shared their deepest concerns for the famed rapper and voiced their opinions on the judge’s sentencing. Jay-Z, a strong advocate for criminal justice reform, wrote a message on Facebook denouncing the harsh sentence saying “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.”
The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation…
Fellow Philly native, Kevin Hart, Eagles wide receiver, Torrey Smith, T.I., and Meek Mill’s label Maybach Music Group also expressed their condolences and support for Meek during this difficult time.
Throwing folks in jail for 2-4 years for misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money….too long https://t.co/GxpkgqnScb
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 6, 2017
— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusic) November 7, 2017
We are praying for Meek Mill as he prepares to serve his sentence and will continue to support him throughout his time in prison as well as when he gets released.