After yesterday’s breaking news of T.I. being sentenced to an 11-month bid for violating his probation last month, the rapper’s attorney Dwight Thomas has shed light on the situation.
According to Thomas, Tip’s sentence came as a surprise to the Grand Hustle leader.
“Of course we’re disappointed in the sentencing,” Thomas said outside the courtroom yesterday. “At the same time, it’s far less than what the government asked for. [As far as serving the full sentence,] that’ll be up to the Bureau of Prisons, that’s not their usual policies but their policies are what were governed in this case. Of course he’s disappointed. This is not what he expected, this is not what he wants in his life at this point. The judge is giving him two weeks to self surrender…” (Freddy O)
Details on T.I.’s sentencing hit the Internet Friday (October 15) afternoon.
Rapper T.I. had his probation revoked by a federal judge today and was sentenced to 11 months in prison. T.I. was busted last month on felony possession of a controlled substance … while he was on probation for a 2009 federal gun possession conviction. T.I. told the judge he needed help for drug addiction and begged not to be sent back to prison. We’re told one of the officers from Wednesday’s jumper incident testified on T.I.’s behalf. He has two weeks to turn himself in. (TMZ)
During his Atlanta court appearance, T.I. pleaded with the judge.
“I screwed up,” said the rapper, wearing a three-piece gray suit. “I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Tip also pointed out involvement with the community in his plea.
The cornerstone of the plea deal was his community service which included the rapper speaking to young people about the importances of staying off drugs and out of trouble. “He was supposed to be living what he was preaching,” prosecutor Yates said. Harris, in a prepared statement he read in court, said that he had been “sincere in my message to kids that guns, gangs and drugs threaten your life and I mean it.” “I’ve lived the same life that those kids have,” he said. “As I discovered in talking to my probation officer, I had many problems from my childhood. Now I am down to the disease of addiction. I need help. For me, my mother my kids. I need the court to give me mercy. Judge, don’t send me back to prison.” (CNN)
Check out Dwight Thomas speaking on T.I. below: