Rapper Meek Mill has just received a sentence of two to four years in prison, after the Philadelphia rapper violated his probation with a pair of arrests earlier in the year.
The rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, was arrested in March following a fight at a St. Louis Airport, although those charges were dropped. Meek Mill also pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after he posted videos of himself doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.
Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who has previously overseen matters relating to Meek Mill‘s probation, deemed both arrests a violation of the rapper’s probation before sentencing him to two to four years in a state prison.
Meek Mill was initially arrested on drug and weapons charges in 2008, resulting in eight months in prison and five years of probation. After the rapper violated his probation in 2009 by travelling out of Philadelphia without approval, he was sentenced to an additional five months in prison and his probation was extended for 10 more years.
Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation company manages the rapper, denounced the sentence on Facebook. “The sentence handed down by the Judge against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer , is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”