Meek Mill Found Guilty of Parole Violations, Faces Prison Time

Rucuss staffDecember 18, 2015

Meek Mill may be spending the new year behind bars.

A judge in Philadelphia found Meek guilty of probation violations. Judge Brinkley said Thursday she’s not sure she’ll keep the 28-year old rapper on probation after he repeatedly ignored travel and other rules she set for him in recent years. Meek, born Robert Williams, cannot work or perform before the Feb. 5 hearing except for community service.

Meek took the stand in his ongoing case for probation violation, and pleaded to Judge Brinkley that he’s changed his ways. During the hour-long testimony, he got emotional as he referenced his girlfriend Nicki Minaj, who had previously taken the stand in his defense. “I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal,” he said. “I have my queen, Nicki now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper alive.”

Meek also touched on how painful it was that he wasn’t able to visit his mother in New Jersey after a surgery due to the fact that all of his travel outside of the state of Pennsylvania had to be approved. He also apologized to the D.A. for calling her a “bitch” in the song “The Ride.”

But the judge wasn’t on his side. She found him in “technical violation” of his probation, setting a Feb. 5 date for his sentencing and ruling that he cannot leave a five-county area around Philadelphia or perform at any event in or outside Philly.

This is Meek’s second probation violation. A  The judge revoked his travel permit in 2012. He was found in violation of his probation upon release after he continuously scheduled concert performances. The following year he was reprimanded for failing to accurately report his travels. His probation was officially revoked last year, and he served a six-month sentence in prison from July to December.

Meek’s probation stemmed from when he was convicted of gun possession and drug dealing in 2008. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison.

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