Tuesday 17 September 2019

Rapper Meek Mill pleads guilty to gun charge to resolve 12-year legal odyssey

A judge had ruled he should serve no further prison time.

File picture of rapper Meek Mill departing from the criminal justice centre in Philadelphia after a status hearing (Matt Rourke/AP)
File picture of rapper Meek Mill departing from the criminal justice centre in Philadelphia after a status hearing (Matt Rourke/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Rapper Meek Mill has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour gun charge to resolve a case that has 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 had already served about two years in prison over the 2007 case, and a judge decided he would not spend any additional time behind bars.

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Rapper Meek Mill (Jessica Griffin/AP)

The negotiated plea comes after both sides questioned the credibility of the arresting officer.

The defence 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.

PA Media

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