Beanie Sigel Sentenced To Prison For Drug Possession! [Details]

Rucuss staffMarch 7, 2013

Beanie Sigel will be behind bars for quite sometime.

Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was sentenced on Wednesday to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge in a Philadelphia suburb. Sigel entered the plea to a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of Percocet, a painkiller, The Delaware County Daily Times reported.

Sigel has been behind bars since his Aug. 29 arrest following a traffic stop in Tinicum Township where police allegedly found pills and codeine syrup without a prescription. Co-defendant Gerald Andrews, who was driving, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a firearms charge and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years, which Judge Michael Coll noted was well below the usual range.

Sigel is also facing a two-year federal sentence for tax evasion. Federal prosecutors said he owed more than $700,000 for the tax years 1999 through 2005.

Defense attorney Carson Morris called Siegel a successful entertainer who had made some mistakes, but said “he’s ready to go ahead and put that behind him and move on with his life.”

“Mr. Grant has been a successful entertainer and musician in the Philadelphia community for decades,” Morris said. “Obviously, he’s had an incredible amount of success and opportunity in his life. He’s also made some mistakes, which have ended up putting him in custody. He’s ready to go ahead and put that behind him and move on with is life.”

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Morris said Sigel has recently experienced serious financial problems, mainly due to the tax issue.

“He has a lot of catching up to do, but he also has a lot of talent and a lot of opportunity, hopefully,” Morris said. “So the prospect is that he can get out and move on and start doing something productive with his life.”

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