Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is reportedly facing more than a year behind bars if found guilty for violating his probation when arrested last month for drug possession in California.
According to reports, Tip could see as many as 14 months in jail.
A probation officer is asking for eight to 14 months, though T.I.’s lawyers claim the guidelines call for no more than five to 11 months, say court documents filed Friday. He’s on three years supervised probation after a recent seven-month stretch in Arkansas federal prison for buying unregistered machine guns and silencers. In the memorandum filed Friday, T.I.’s lawyer said the probation officer erred in asking for eight to 14 months because those are the guidelines for for violent career criminals. The lawyers say that shouldn’t apply to T.I. because his prior conviction for assaulting a Florida police detective does not qualify as a “violent felony.” (New York Daily News)
Additional reporting claims T.I. may have also possessed more drugs when busted last month.
T.I., born Clifford J. Harris Jr., and wifeTameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested September 1 and both charged with possession of a controlled substance — a substance that was later revealed to be Ecstasy. And get this – Ecstasy may not have been the only drug in their possession. In court documents filed with the United States District Court of Northern Georgia, it is also stated that the rapper was in possession of marijuana and codeine. (Radar Online)
In mid-September, the rapper was summoned by a federal judge to defend his probation violations.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannel Jr. signed the summons for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. The same judge sentenced Harris for firearms violations. The order lists three possible violations of his bond: possession of ecstasy on Sept. 1, testing positive for opiates on Sept. 2 and associating on Sept. 1 with Cortez Thomas, a convicted felon. (My Fox Atlanta)
He will face-off with a federal judge in a court hearing next week.
Rapper T.I. is headed back to federal court in Atlanta next week to explain why his probation shouldn’t be revoked after his recent arrest in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr.has set the hearing for 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. The same judge sentenced Harris for firearms violations. (Associated Press)
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