30-year-old hip-hop artist Meek Mill, born Robert Williams, was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison on Monday, November 6th. According to reports, he could serve up to four years in prison.
Williams has worked with other well-known artists including rappers T.I. and Rick Ross. He also gained popularity for his appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and for dating award-winning music artist Nicki Minaj, but they are no longer an item.
On Monday, Williams appeared in front of a judge after violating his parole, reported Time magazine. The rapper apparently failed a drug test and did not comply with a court order regarding his travel restrictions.
The probation was in relation to a gun and drug case that occurred nearly a dozen years ago, stated Billboard. His lawyer is going to attempt to appeal the sentence because he has “been off drugs since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.”
According to TMZ, Williams' attorney has reason to believe that the judge who handed off the sentence has a personal bias against him. The rapper's sentencing has also become controversial—people compared the length of his prison sentence for violating parole to that of Brock Turner who only received 6 months for sexual assault charges.
However, in 2017 alone, Williams has been arrested twice—he received an assault charge in March when getting into an altercation at an airport with employees; in August, he was caught for reckless endangerment after police saw a video of the musician riding his quad bike dangerously, potentially putting others on the road in harm's way.
Both cases were dropped because he fulfilled his community service requirements.
These are not the only times Meek Mill has been in trouble with the law. He has been arrested on multiple occasions and served prison time before regarding drug dealing, possession of a firearm, assaulting police, and violating his parole.
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