T.I. Sentenced To A Year & A Day In Jail

The “King of the South” T.I. was sentenced in a downtown Atlanta Federal court earlier this morning (March 27), according to the plea agreement he made last March during his trial for his October 2007 arrest for weapons possession.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports T.I.’s defense team filed a sentencing memorandum on Wednesday (March 25) detailing the rapper’s compliance with the provisions of his extraordinary plea deal, which required 1,000 hours of community service involving telling children the dangers of violence and gangs.

Over the course of the past year, T.I. served 300 days of home confinement and earned 1,006 hours of community service credit by attending events such as the Hip-Hop Caucus and visiting 58 schools, 12 Boys and Girls Clubs, nine churches, two Georgia juvenile facilities and other community functions.

“T.I. took this opportunity and ran with it beyond anyone’s expectations,” said his attorney Steve Sadow. The rapper used his MTV show Road To Redemption as another vehicle to reach at-risk children, though he didn’t receive any community service credit for the show.

Once in jail, T.I. may only end up serving about 10 months of his sentence as a result of the extra day being tacked onto his sentence. Under federal guidelines, with good behavior, prisoners can shade off 15 percent of their sentences if longer than a year.

Upon release from federal custody, T.I. will pay a $100,000 fine and have to serve another 500 hours of community service. The rapper is expected to turn himself into authorities by May 19. – Devin Chanda

  • http://XXL Calhoun

    TIME TO MAN UP!!!I HOPE THE BROTHER CHANGES HIS WAYS AND LEARN FROM ALL OF THOSE SILLY ASS MISTAKES!!!!!!!

    • Hate Hate and more Hate

      Mistakes??? He’s going to drop the soap on purpose

    • Devon

      okay everybodys make a big deaL bout the nigga going to jail on March 27 this nigga got till may 19th next thing it will b a yr and he wont be behind bars at all man fuck this nigga

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Man, thats a SWEET DEAL. If they found my black ass with a trunk full of guns, I’d be doing 12-15 years, HARD TIME NIGGA.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      I always had a suspicion about that extra day. That’s what’s up. I don’t wish incarcaration on anyone, so God bless him & his family. He’s probably going to fuck around & be the Mayor in that piece.

      Cosign that Mutada, public defenders couldn’t care less about. What community service?….

      • $ykotic

        He’ll be good. Fall back and study. Rest up. Work out.

        But if it was me they would throw away the key and say THAT was community service!

  • The_Truth

    ***Dude took all this like a man. . .I applaud the way he took a proactive approach about the time he had to do.

    T.I. will be coo, a year doesn’t make you irrelavant. . .ask Eminem.

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Read the real story of how he got his sentance before you bitches start talking that snitch shit.

    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — World-famous rap star T.I. was sentenced in Atlanta federal court Friday to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,300 fine on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers.

    T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, has mentored at-risk students as part of his community service.

    The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, reached the terms of the sentence in a plea agreement with prosecutors last year.

    He also was sentenced to some property forfeiture, supervised release for three years after his prison sentence, 365 days of home confinement (he has already served 305) and 1,500 hours of community service (1,030 served).

    He also must undergo DNA testing, drug counseling, cannot own firearms and must submit to reasonable searches and a financial audit.

    The plea agreement, which federal authorities called unique, allowed the rapper to remain out of prison for a year while he performed community service.

    In that time, he mentored at-risk students at 58 schools, 12 Boys & Girls Clubs, nine churches and many other nonprofit organizations, according to court documents.

    Meanwhile, T.I., 28, has released his sixth CD, “Paper Trail,” which has sold close to 2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    The multiplatinum rapper also has starred in the MTV reality show, “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go,” which chronicles his efforts to shave years off his sentence by completing his community service. The show features him talking to students and community groups “about how to avoid the trouble he now finds himself in,” according to the network’s Web site.

    “It’s been rewarding in the sense that it takes my mind off my own personal circumstances when I focus the attention on helping others,” he said about his time spent doing community service. “And that way, I’ve definitely been able to appreciate the ability to turn my negative part of my life into a positive.”

    Harris recently talked to CNN about learning from his mistakes.

    “You shouldn’t take the things that I’ve gone through and the negative parts of my life and admire me for that,” Harris said. “If anything, admire me for how I’ve accepted responsibility for the part I’ve played in placing myself in these situations and what I’ve done to recover from it.” Watch the rapper’s interview with CNN’s T.J. Holmes »

    Harris starred in the film “ATL” and could be seen in Chevy commercials with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Harris was named to the Forbes list of top-earning rappers in 2006, banking an estimated $16 million.

    Later, Harris’ fall from grace was sudden and dramatic. He was arrested in October 2007 in an Atlanta parking lot hours before he was to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

    Harris was caught in a federal sting after his bodyguard-turned-informant delivered three machine guns and two silencers to him, prosecutors said.

    Harris had provided the bodyguard with $12,000 to buy the weapons. Harris was not permitted to own any guns, however, because he was convicted in 1998 on felony drug charges, including possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute in Cobb County in suburban Atlanta.

    For his court hearing Friday, Harris’ attorneys submitted more than 100 letters from officials who thanked him for his community service since the weapons arrest.

    One of the letters was from Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, who said Harris did an “outstanding job” talking to a group of teenagers about not breaking the law.

    “If only one young person in that courtroom listened to Mr. Harris, and I believe they all did, we are all better for it,” Sears wrote. “He was honest, humble and inspirational.”

    • venemez

      very nice!

  • 86nicholas12

    Yeah I never understood what T.I. was thinking when getting those weapons he isn’t no Jack Bauer!

    • Jamal7Mile

      I think he panicked and strapped up. Remember his ride was fired upon while driving down the freeway and his best friend died in his arms. At the time of his arrest, I think those shooters were still on the streets.

      Sounds like he was paranoid, with good reason.

      Some (not all) judges/juries would take that into consideration when handing out a verdict/sentence.

      He worked the Hell out of that community service requirement.

  • FLOSS

    HOLD YA HEAD TIP you got much love over here (pause for you homo niggas) I gotta say that Paper Trail is definately the best album since trap muzik and im serious.

  • Nate

    I don’t necessarily think he snitched on a bunch of people but he did get a very LIGHT sentence. A lot of people get HUGE long sentences for possession of lessor gun caches. Community service isn’t any real “punishment” it’s just a nuisance for people who don’t want to do it like going to school. So overall a 100K fine and 1 year or (10 months really) is a light sentence. Dude was never a “role model”, just a decent rapper with a voice and some punchlines people liked. Not a great lyricist, just average.

    • Oneofthemyo’s

      Its obvious u dont listen to the nigga…..LMAO, did this nigga just call tip a punch line rapper…

  • http://xxl gside

    Yeah that shit sentence sink’s to high haven but you can’t call him a rat right now but maybe when he get’s he start working for them people that how they work I know stand up dude who got 30 years for gunrunning and that was the earl 90′s, before the new nigga laws maybe he didn’t snitch but he under real nigga investigation right now until we clear this shit up .

  • sealsaa

    I was watching his Redemption show, and he was asked if he was going to do his time in solitary, or gen pop, and he pretty much said gen pop. I don’t know if he’s doing this for the purpose of amping up his street cred, but its an incredibly stupid move. There are lifers in there that will never see the light of day. I’m sure they’d like nothing better than to make a name for themselves by offing a famous rapper. Hell, ODB got his leg broken when he did time, and he was well past the prime of his career. Not to mention the fact that T.I. just testified against his friend’s murderer. How many guys do you think are locked up because of the testimony of a key witness? Were I him, i’d worry less about trying to prove my gulliness, and more about catching a shank (among OTHER things) in the back.

    • LB

      Dude, T.I. wasn’t tryin to prove shit by sayin where he’ll most likely be within the walls. He’s going to be in general population unless the officials see a reason to segregate him. And man, ya gotta quit believin all the prison show horror stories. True, it’s always some foul shit goin on. But it’s also true that you can sustain a somewhat…uncomplicated life while in there. He follow the rules, don’t be dickhead, and stay out of the politics most of the time, then he should be cool.

  • corlione39

    TI GON B N THA SHOWER SANGIN ALL (AY!!!) BY (AY!!!) MY (AY!!!) SELF (AY!!!) N DROP THA SOAP N FRUNT OF NASTY NATE!!! CAUZE U KNO THERE GON B SUM DUDEZ GOIN AFTR THAT YELLOW FOO!!! HAHAHA

    • LB

      Man dude, change your post name. “corlione” is so fuckin played, I bet the corlione family is flattered but tired of the jackers.

  • http://teflonspitta.knows.it Blackmangabbin

    I’m sure he had his reasons for getting all that heat. And personally speaking, but you don’t get silencers unless you plan on taking some one out for real. Just my opinion. As for people talking the snitching thing, truly I can’t call it, but a smart man knows that large money talk big shit. Just look at Maddoff. T.I. is taking his punishment like a man and hopefully he comes out stronger from it all. And I hope that this is a lesson for most of you so called and real G’s. No matter who you are you can still take a fall, but how will you recover from it all? Dig that nigga.

  • Superstar Extraordinaire

    u know this nigga got paid for that “Road to Redemption” shit……the fuckin producers and exec ppl just tyin to get a dollar anyway they can…..oh n yea if i was caught with all that shit my ass would’ve done those 30 plus yrs not including the time I’d be incarcarated awaiting the trial…aint that some shit…cash rules everything around

  • sealsaa

    @ LB

    He’s one of the top selling rap artist in the country, and his case has been pretty high profile. And everyone seems to have labled him a snitch for catching such a light sentence. I’m willing to bet that his life in prison is going to be anything BUT uncomplicated. Not saying that he’s going to be “violated” (as hilarious as that would be), but I doubt people are just going to walk past him in gen pop as if he were your average joe (or in the case of the bing, average Ray Ray).

  • REAL TALK 09

    KEEP YA HEAD UP TIP!..the hip hop game gone miss yo swag!

  • FORTY

    C.R.E.A.M (CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME).

    If you got it then you good! That man didn’t snitch he just has a lot of cash and was able to afford great lawyers. Trust me, if T.I. would have actually snitched on someone, the official word would have gotten out by now people…Remember how them niggas snitched on VICK and everybody new about it because it was all over the news….If T.I. would have snitched that shit would have been all over the news! the word would have gotten out and it would have been on every blog site/website known to man……..SO STOP HATIN MY MAN T.I.

    STAY UP HOMIE!!!!!!!!!!

  • KILA

    T.I. kan do a year no problem, the nigga real he from the streets you kan’t fake that shit. He helping young kids in trouble kause he got a message.

    Tip the up there wit Pac dawg.

    His next album triple platinum – watch

    • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

      hell yea. ^^co-sign dude up there^^ he turned a huge negative into a huge positive. much respect.

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