Meek Mill Begins Prison Sentence

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In March, he was arrested at a St. Louis airport for fighting.

The Philadelphia rapper has violated the terms on his probation in the past and has served time in prison, as well as house arrest. T.I. and Nipsey Hussle left encouraging messages for Meek suggesting that he remain positive, while JAY-Z was critical of Brinkley's decision, dubbing it "unjust and heavy handed" in a Facebook post.

Meek Mill's recent prison sentence has a lot of people feeling some type of way, and for good reason.

Delivering the ruling, he cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel.

The judged spoke about the several chances she had given Mill, but he 'basically just thumbed your nose at this court'.

Brinkley has overseen Mill's case since 2009, when he was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was convicted on drug and gun charges in 2008 but released in 2009 under a five-year parole agreement.

Jay-Z was among those who reacted to the sentencing. "He caught a charge, he was like 19, he's 30 now, he's been on probation 11 years. F**king 11 years. Judge gave him two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f**king wheelie".

In his mugshot from the state prison in Graterford, Montgomery County, Mill is seen in a yellow prison outfit, staring straight at the camera. Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, told Business Insider that his team will appeal what he called a "ridiculous" sentence. The ferocity of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley's sentence shocked many based on the minor nature of Mill's crimes and numerous probation officers, attorneys, and other legal authorities from Mill's native Philadelphia recommending no jail-time. Tacopina said Mill declined the request and that Brinkley added, "Okay, suit yourself".

Tacopina's allegations referred to an in-chambers meeting during an earlier probation violation hearing, on February 5, 2016, that was requested by Mill and his then-attorney Frank DeSimone.

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