Meek Mill pleads guilty, won't serve more time in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rapper Meek Mill has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge to resolve a case that's kept him on probation for most of his adult life.
The 32-year-old rapper, born Robert Williams, reached the plea agreement in Philadelphia on Tuesday after an appeals court threw out his conviction last month. He'd already served about two years in prison over the 2007 case, and a judge decided he wouldn't spend any additional time behind bars.
I’m extremely grateful that my long legal battle is finally behind me and I appreciate that it has sparked a much-needed discussion about probation reform and the inequalities that exist within our two Americas. pic.twitter.com/noDEA1HaRd— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) August 27, 2019
The negotiated plea comes after both sides questioned the credibility of the arresting officer. The defense also accused the trial judge of bias for sending the entertainer back to prison over minor probation violations.
Williams has called the 12-year ordeal "mentally and emotionally challenging," but says millions of people face the same issues. He has helped start a foundation to promote criminal justice reform.
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