Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill sentenced to prison over parole violation

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A judge sent the rapper to jail on a parole violation today. (WPVI)

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to 3 to 6 months in prison over probation violations.

Meek Mill's attorney, Gary Silver, confirms that his client, whose real name is Robert Williams, was sentenced to prison Friday after a judge revoked his probation based on Technical Violations.

There were no new charges or warrants.

The violations had to do with social media and an ongoing issue involving Meek Mill's probation officer's inability to contact him by cell phone.

Although the probation officer reported that sometimes the phone was not in service or had no voice mail, Silver says he told the court that he has always used the same cell number to contact his client and never had any issues.

Silver says he disagrees with the court because of all the good acts his client has done, but he respects the ruling.

He will continue to work to change today's decision, as he says this is catastrophic to a performer.

Back in may the rapper lost a civil-rights case against city police over a 10-hour traffic stop that he called racially motivated.

Mill, who trying to catch a flight to Atlanta to launch his debut album, was instead handcuffed and detained on Halloween night 2012 with his entourage: an Atlantic Records executive, an off-duty police officer and his cousin.

"They ain't from where I'm from," Mill said softly of the jury after they reached their decision. "I (don't) really expect them to understand what I go through."

Mill grew up in gritty North Philadelphia, where the stop occurred.

"I respect their decision, though," he said.

Mill, 27, was on probation at the time from a 2008 drug and gun case. The debut album released that day, "Dreams & Nightmares," would climb to No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart, according to trial memos.

A lead officer on the stop, Andre Boyer, was under investigation and later fired for lying to Internal Affairs about another traffic stop. Boyer had racked up more civilian complaints than any other city officer, Mill's lawsuit said.

Police said they stopped the vehicle over its darkly tinted windows and smelled raw marijuana, but no drugs were found and no charges filed.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.
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