Despite a number of high-profile supporters speaking on his behalf and his own testimony, yesterday (Dec. 17) Meek Mill was still found guilty of violation his probation. The Philadelphia rapper will be sentenced in February and the judge may hand him time in a state penitentiary.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley hinted that the North Philadelphia rapper’s next out-of-town tour – after he is sentenced Feb. 5 – could be state prison.
“I bent over backward to give him every opportunity to grow his career,” Brinkley told defense lawyer Frank DeSimone at the end of the 51/2-hour, virtually nonstop hearing.
Mill, born Robert Williams, and a courtroom packed with his supporters and entourage, including superstar girlfriend Nicki Minaj, seemed stunned by the judge’s words.
“I know the people who support you really want you to get probation,” Brinkley told Mill. “I don’t know that would be appropriate because you and I have been around the block a few times.”
“I know, your honor,” he quietly replied.
Though Mill will not be sentenced for seven weeks, the judge’s interim restrictions ended his ability to earn money in the music business.
Mill is not allowed to travel outside of five counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and is not allowed to perform. He will be allowed to leave to conduct and attend charity events, though.
Some of the items the prosecution used against Meek Mill was his failure to notify his probation officer of all his travel, a suspect urine test and even writing off color lyrics about the DA on a song called “The Ride.”
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