T.I. Expected to Plead Guilty, Facing 12 Months in Prison
In a shocking development, T.I. has reportedly struck a deal with prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty to his federal weapons charges later today. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the deal this morning, citing a source “familiar with negotiations” between his legal team an the Feds. Tip, who was arrested during a sting operation last October, faced federal charges of possessing unregistered machine guns and silencers, unlawfully possessing machine guns and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. The rapper was facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 charge on each count if convicted. Shortly after his arrest, Tip retained an all-star team of trial attorneys and appeared ready to vigorously fight the charges. While the terms of the plea agreement have not been confirmed, the Associated Press reports that he will face 12 months in prison and must complete 1500 hours of community service that will involve him travelling the country and speaking to youth groups. Any deal would have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr., who is overseeing the case. The agreement is expected to be announced later today. Check back with XXLMag.com for an update.