United States judge stuns with prison term for rapper Meek Mill

United States judge stuns with prison term for rapper Meek Mill

After having two separate charges dropped earlier this year, the rapper was just sentenced to 2-4 years in jail for violating the terms of his probation. Mill's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, has vowed to appeal the sentencing.

Mill appeared before a Philadelphia judge, Genece Brinkley, 61, in connection with the violation of probation twice in a 2008 drug dealing and gun possession case.

And now, fellow rapper Jay-Z has slammed the court's decision to sentence Meek Mill - who could spend up to 48 months in state prison - and insisted he will "always stand by" the star.

Other celebrities who shared their reactions to Mill's prison sentence include Kevin Hart and T.I. In 2013, Meek served five months in prison for traveling without permission. He was also arrested this year in New York City for reckless driving.

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"The sentence handed down by the Judge - against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer - is unjust and heavy handed", he wrote on Facebook.

The original charges are almost a decade-old but the judge explained that despite her consistent efforts to help Meek, he has done whatever he wants. The rapper was immediately taken into custody with no time to get his affairs in order.

According to reports, the punishment is a result of Meek Milly violating his probation after landing in handcuffs on two separate accounts. It's the multiple arrests themselves that were considered probation violations.

The Philadelphia rapper - real name Robert Williams - has been on parole since autumn 2009, following a spell in prison on drugs and weapons charges. In 2008, he was convicted on those charges and spent almost a year in prison.

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