T.I. Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

Rapper T.I. pleaded guilty to federal weapons possession charges in court today (Mar. 27th), and will receive a sentence that includes prison time after he completes community service. In the year that he is awaiting sentencing, Clifford “T.I.” Harris, must complete at least 1,000 hours of a total 1,500 hours of community service, talking to youth groups about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs. According to officials, the CEO of Grand Hustle Entertainment will be sentenced to serve 1 year in prison after completing the community service. His prison time could be increased or reduced, depending on his fulfillment of the terms of the deal and good behavior, they added. Dressed in a grey business suit, the rapper expressed to the judge that he understands the terms of the agreement.

“I’d like to thank God for blessing me with a second chance in life and success,” T.I. said to the media. “I’m looking forward to turning this negative time in my life into a positive. I know I have a long road of redemption to travel.”

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said that in addition to the 1 year prison sentence and the 1,500 hours of community service, T.I. will have to serve 3 years of supervised home detention (house arrest) and pay a $100,000 fine. That’s a far cry of the original sentence, which amounted to close to or more than 20 years! But if he “fails to fulfill his obligations,” a much longer sentence will be the consequence.


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