Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison on Monday, November 6. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, a Philadelphia judge sentenced him for a probation violation stemming from a 2008 drug and gun case. Mill was arrested twice this year—in March for fighting in a St. Louis airport, and in October after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving charges. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley viewed both incidents, and the fact that he scheduled concerts after her August 17 order, which barred performances outside of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, as disrespectful to the court (via the Inquirer):
“I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley told Mill. She said Mill’s sentence would be served in state prison, where he would be eligible for state parole supervision after two years.
“Then I’ll be done with you,” Brinkley added.
During his testimony on Monday, Mill argued that his arrests from this year weren’t intended to disrespect the court—they were just mistakes or misunderstandings. For example, the charges were dropped from his St. Louis arrest. Mill’s attorney Brian J. McMonagle, who also represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial earlier this year, argued that the arrests reflect the hazards of being a celebrity (via the Inquirer):
The St. Louis incident, McMonagle said, was precipitated by an airport worker who was miffed because Mill would not pose for a picture. That worker was later fired and is being criminally prosecuted, McMonagle said.
The Manhattan incident was a stunt that someone else captured on video and posted online. In both cases, McMonagle told the judge, authorities downgraded the charges and allowed Mill to enter a pretrial diversion program with community service.
Both the city prosecutor and Mill’s probation officer did not recommend jail time at yesterday’s hearing, but Brinkley went forward with the sentence. McGonagle initially declined to offer comment to the Inquirer regarding the court’s decision, but when a reporter asked if he would appeal the sentence, he responded: “You’re goddamned right I am.”
We’ve reached out to representatives for Meek Mill for comment, and will update if we hear back.