News: T.I. Must Meet Deadline To Report For Arkansas Prison

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:39AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris reportedly has to report to an Arkansas prison by noon today (May 26).

The rapper will begin his 366 day sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Rapper T.I. has until midday to report to a federal prison in Arkansas. The 28 year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., will serve a year and a day sentence after pleading guilty to a federal weapons charge. He will serve his time at the minimum security prison in Forrest City. (Newsday)

He performed his final farewell concert over the weekend in his hometown.

T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The rapper performed for a packed audience Sunday (May 24) night in Atlanta's Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day. "I'm going to stand up tall, head up high," he said. "Thank you for all of your support." Many in the packed crowd held up encouraging signs, like one reading "T.I. We Will Miss U!" (Associated Press)

Despite prison delay requests, Tip was forced to begin his sentence today.

Rapper T.I. must report Tuesday (May 26) to a federal prison at Forrest City, Arkansas, as previously ordered, a federal judge ruled Friday (May 22). His request was denied by U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. Lawyer Donald F. Samuel said he would continue to ask the federal Bureau of Prisons to re-classify the music star. (WMFB News)

Although he will be away from his family and friends, the rapper previously told SOHH his "official day of reckoning" was not at the forefront of his mind.

"[I] focus on today and let tomorrow handle itself," Tip said. "That's all I can do. I don't have [to think about it.] I know it's there. It doesn't require any thought. I think about preparing myself financially making sure that everything is in place that I need it to be in order for the lifestyle of my family to continue in the way that it must." (SOHH)

No information has been released on the penalties Tip could face if he does not meet the 12 p.m. CST deadline.

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