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T.I. Sentenced To A Year And A Day In Prison

By Jayson Rodriguez
Source: mtv

ti-murder-trial.jpgATLANTA --- A Northern Georgia District judge sentenced T.I. to one year and one day in prison on felony weapons charges Friday (March 27), calling the rapper's plea deal "experimental" but a success.

Judge Charles Pannell Jr. told the rapper he had more than exceeded the court's expectations, and he hoped his case would inspire similar plea deals.

As a part of the plea deal T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) struck last March, the year-and-a-day sentence was expected. The rapper is also required to complete 1,000 hours of community service before turning himself in, and another 500 hours after completing his sentence. He also must pay a $100,000 fine.

Tip is scheduled to report to prison voluntarily within the next six to eight weeks. However, the judge acknowledged that the rapper has agreed-upon commitments what will not allow him to enter prison before May 19.

T.I., in a charcoal-grey suit and matching black dress shirt and tie, delivered a sober speech to the judge. His 10-minute speech details his misguided youth, the death of his best friend Philant Johnson in 2006, and his desire to use his mistakes for a positive end.

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"Your honor, pehaps if I didn't make the mistakes that I did as a youth, maybe I could have armed myself legally," he said.

T.I. said Johnson's death contributed to impairing his judgment.

A number of supporters spoke before Tip, including church activists Ambassador Andrew Young and Bishop Eddie Long.

Judge Pannell listened to each supporter and graciously thanked T.I. for successfully meeting the terms of his plea deal and the conditions of his bond.

Several times throughout his closing remarks, Judge Pannell called T.I.'s arrangement "experimental." He singled out the U.S. Attorney responsible for the deal and joked, "If this didn't work, I'd send you to jail, Mr. Harris - but the attorney, I'd probably throw him out the 23rd-floor window." The remark drew laughs and Tip smiled as well.

T.I. thanked the government legal team for their "vision" and told the courtroom that pleasing the judge and lawyers makes him as happy as him trying to please his family.

The rapper must agree on meeting a number of conditions after his release. He will be required to submit to an audit, drug counseling and he will be subjected to home confinement for 60 days.

A beaming T.I. celebrated with his family immediately afterward, before court officers ordered people to leave the floor. Tip held a brief press conference after inside the courthouse lobby, thanking his family and supporters.

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Comments (8)

 

alocin:
Posted by alocin | March 27, 2009 12:34 PM

This is a man who seem to be learning from his mistakes.



skeeter:
Posted by skeeter | March 27, 2009 5:01 PM

When you go in there you CANT do what ever you like...



F....Unnu:
Posted by F....Unnu | March 27, 2009 5:25 PM

T.I. said everything the court wanted to hear. Smart yute! One year and a day!...Cowboy lunchtime...
Big up the real KING of the South!



bodo:
Posted by bodo | March 28, 2009 1:56 AM

i wish you the best n may all the youths out there learn from you that violence is not good.



Madd:
Posted by Madd | March 28, 2009 2:34 AM

TI a di boss...i doubt he's lyin bout all that he has learnt, him seem like there is good in him still. big up yute....



SO SPECIAL:
Posted by SO SPECIAL | March 28, 2009 11:08 AM

This is a man that does alot for the youths in the community and i love to hear when he talks he is so intelligent he has made a mistake yes but at least he admitted to his mistake and accept whatever it takes to teach the youths a listen . T.I you are really the man like you said in your song i aint died no matter what here you stand. Love yah T.I



KEIRANIABLE:
Posted by KEIRANIABLE | March 28, 2009 7:13 PM

ONLY THE KING AH THE SOUTH CAN TELL WE YOUTHS THINGS FROM HE OWN EXPERIENCE SO THT WE DONT MEK IT, BUH TO TELL THE TRUTH.....T.I U SHOULDNT B GOIN NO FUQIN JAIL, B CUZ ALL THEM MUTHA F**KIN WHITE B*TCHES OUT THERE WHO DOIN WORSE THAN U N CHRIS THEY DONT TELL THEM SHIT, BUH SINCE UU BLACK THEY DEH ON AYO FUQIN CASE BUH ALL I GAH SAY TO THEM WHITE BITCHES IZ THT JUDGEMENT DAY GON COMER AND I HOPE U READY FOR WHEN GOD COME AND FUQIN SEND AYO RACISES MUTHASKUNTS TO HELL....FUQ I SEEING YAH.....NOT WIT ME THOUGH, NOT WITH ME FOR SURE



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 7:59 PM

Big up tip, intelligent move



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