Meek Mill’s plea for freedom fell on deaf ears on Monday [August 18]. The 27-year-old hip hop star was denied early release from jail after a Philadelphia judge ruled that he must continue to serve time on a probation violation.
According to NBCPhiladelphia.com, Meek, born Robert Williams, will not be released earlier than October 11 as he serves a three- to six-month sentence for violating the terms of his 2009 probation. During the court appearance, Meek argued that it was important he resume his music career in order to provide for his son and 30-person entourage. The plea was not enough for the judge, who instead ordered the “Levels” rapper to take anger management and parenting classes.
Prosecutors reminded the court of a Twitter “tantrum” the rapper had over some travel restrictions from his parole officer and other actions that violated the terms of his probation — including a failed drug test and appearing in an Instagram video brandishing guns.
One of Meek’s defense lawyers, Dennis Cogan, said his client had a prescription for the OxyContin after spraining his ankle and pointed out that the gun in the infamous video was merely a water pistol. Cogan has already made a plea to the state Supreme Court to step in and grant bail for his client.
Since his arrest in July, Meek has been serving his time in protective custody at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Plans for the release of his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, later this year are still in limbo.
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