Rapper Jay Z talked about Meek Mill's sentence during his concert in Dallas.
A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Meek Mill to a minimum of two years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mill, 30, whose real name is Robert Williams, appeared in court before Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley.
Brinkley imposed the sentence after citing a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel. “I gave you break after break and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley told Mill.
Mill has been arrested twice this year and went into treatment for addiction to Percocet. Brinkley also cited him and his managers for repeatedly scheduling concerts after her Aug. 17 order barring performances outside of Philadelphia or Montgomery County.
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.
Before he was sentenced, Mill addressed the judge for 40 minutes, pleading for mercy and insisting that his “technical probation violations” were mistakes and not disrespect of the judge.
“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill told Brinkley. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”
But Brinkley says she's been trying to help Mill for about a decade and that he just does whatever he wants.
She said Mill’s sentence would be served in state prison where he would be eligible for state parole supervision after two years.
Meek Mill's lawyer has vowed to appeal the sentencing.