Atlanta rapper T.I. is heading back to prison, after a federal judge revoked the rapper’s probation and sentenced him to 11 months in prison.
T.I. whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr appeared in court yesterday (Oct 15) for charges stemmed possessing drugs in September in Los Angeles.
T.I. turned up at the court for his hearing that started at 2:00PM, flanked by his team of lawyers that included Ed Garland, Steve Sadow, Don Samuel, Janice Capek, Kristen Wright and Dwight Thomas. The court room was jam packed with family and close associates of the rapper.
Prosecutors wasted no time to chastised the Grammy Award winning rapper for violating the terms of his federal probation for attempting to purchase machine guns and silencers in October of 2007 and wanted to send him away for two years.
But TIP defense attorneys argued that drugs in his system were the result of a root canal and T.I. admitted to using the drugs, after he had dental surgery.
The rapper asked the judge Charles Pannell Jr to sentence him to rehab for a drug addiction, but he was sentenced to the 11 months in prison, instead.
T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were caught in Los Angeles on September 1st, in possession of a controlled substance, which was later revealed to be ecstasy.
Additionally, the rap star tested positive for drugs the following day and was traveling with a convicted felon named Cortez “C-Rod” Thomas, who allegedly helped the rapper set up the purchase of illegal weapons that T.I. was originally arrested for, which further violated the terms of his probation.
Weighing in on his legal troubles in an interview with CNN, T.I. send his apologies to fans and everyone he let down.
“The only thing that I can say, man, is that all people who have supported me, who were behind me, who believed in me, who were disappointed and were let down, I just offered my sincerest apologies, and I will dedicate my life no matter how long it takes to earn your trust back and to make you proud yet again,” T.I. said.
“I’m tired. I’m wore out,” the rap star continued. “I don’t have the age, the energy or just the attitude to move forward and continuing in this cycle in this ongoing process of destruction and disparity in my life. I’ve got too many depending on me and counting on me. I can’t do it.”