The self-proclaimed “King of the South,” T.I., was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 for each charge. However, he won a plea with prosecutors after spending time under house arrest before his conviction and spoke to community groups and high schools about the dangers of drugs, violence and weapons. April 7 — What`s rapper T.I.`s ill will with Justice Department prosecutors? The 27-year-old rapper could have faced up to 10 years in prison on each count, but his plea will result in a lighter sentence. Steve Sadow told AJC.com that T.I., who is named Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence on all counts, but that he pleaded guilty to a violation of county rules because he fled to a public place to “put this case to bed.” Atlanta rapper T.I. has accepted a plea case on charges ahead of an incident outside his closed community in May, his lawyer said. In the year following his plea, Harris, left, visited 58 schools, 12 boys and girls clubs, nine churches and several other community groups (of course, he was followed at several of these concerts by a team of MTV cameras who filmed his reality series “Road to Redemption”, which ends tonight with an episode called “The Reckoning”. Harris also recorded dozens of utility ads, including one promoted by the Cleveland Foundation in The Hood Foundation and ended with an invitation to “Keep it Pimpin!” T.I. was not the recipient of the plea because he blew, it is often said. Nor has he obtained the benefit of the doubt of the judicial system because he is rich. Tip ended his plea because of a combination of his fame, his familiar troubled past and his ability to tell his transformation from the trapstar to the rap star as a way to influence teenagers in danger. ATLANTA — the judge called it “experimental.” Counsel for the United States, who helped mediate the arrangement, described it as unique. And [artist id-1225081] T.I. [/ artist] himself acknowledged that his plea – which reduced a possible sentence of 10 years in community service and more likely less than a year in prison – was “a chance”.
A day before Harris made his admission of guilt in a packed courtroom last March, Williams appeared before Judge Pannell to make a criminal advertisement accusing him of buying firearms for Harris and others. Williams was represented by defence counsel Mildred Dunn, who negotiated her client`s plea with prosecutors Todd Alley and Francey Hakes (who also handled the Harris case). There were no spectators in Pannell`s courtroom this afternoon. “His prison sentence was reduced by what it could have been, but the public got something very important in return: the vast and unique community service program to which Mr. Harris pleaded guilty. It was not immediately clear whether T.I.`s late arrival would affect his plea agreement with the prosecutors. The plea, which federal authorities have described as unique, allowed the rapper to remain out of prison for a year while serving in the community. In any case, Harris` plea was an unprecedented slap in the face. The 28-year-old performer, who was convicted of three offences, could have been sentenced to about five years in prison for obtaining the three machine guns and two 9 mm silencers. Harris was charged with possession of a firearm because his overloaded rap sheet included a conviction for drug-related offences dating back to 1998.
He had also once violated the conditions of prior parole in illegal possession of firearms. And then there was the case of Arsenal`s federal agents who were found in a closet and safe in the rapper`s park in Georgia.