Meek Mill Fans Launch Petition to Have Judge Revisit Harsh Sentence (UPDATE)
UPDATE (11/9/17 at 11:24 a.m. ET):
Meek Mill's fans are not happy that their boy could be locked up for up to four years.
Now, they're responding to the judge's subjectively harsh sentencing by launching an online petition in the hopes that the court system will reevaluate their decision.
The Change.org petition, obtained by theJasmineBrand.com, asks Philadelphia governor Tom Wolf to review Meek's recent sentencing, in which he faces 2-4 years in prison for violating probation in his almost decade-old drug and weapon possession case.
The petition claims the rapper has made "positive contributions" to various communities, has adhered to the conditions of his parole, has a dedicated work ethic, and shows people to "keep moving forward regardless of their past, through his music, interviews, community service and energy."
Read the entire petition HERE, and click on for more on Meek's sentencing and his famous friends' reactions to the news.
Original story (11/7/17 at 10:04 a.m. ET):
The judge has spoken — Meek Mill has been sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison.
The rapper has been remanded in custody and will serve at least 24 months, up to 48 months, in a state prison for violating the probation from his drug and weapons case back in 2009.
And nobody is more pissed about the harsh sentencing than Jay-Z.
Meek was arrested for a fight at St. Louis airport fight as well as for reckless driving in New York City, which broke the conditions of his probation and meant the judge had no choice but to send him straight to prison, TMZ reports.
Meek's current legal woes come weeks after a judge threw out two misdemeanour charges, which he obtained when he got into a fight with a fan at the airport and then was accused of reckless driving in August.
The 30-year-old completed his community service at the Veteran's Association in Philadelphia.
He was first arrested at the age of 18, when he was caught in possession of an illegal firearm. He also assaulted a police officer, which resulted in him being put on probation.
Since then, he has been detained a further four times for breaking the conditions and the judge had warned that another violation would end up with imprisonment.
Nicki Minaj's ex was also sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison in 2008 after he was found guilty of drug dealing and gun possession but was released less than a year later under a five-year parole agreement, which he broke in 2012 and was therefore banned from traveling.
In 2014, Meek's probation was revoked and he was sentenced to three to six months in jail after he failed to inform the courts of his travel plans numerous times in a row.
And less than a year later, he was found guilty of parole violation once again and was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest and had his probation extended for another six years.
But even Jay-Z can agree this time his sentence is exceptionally harsh, calling it "unjust and heavy handed."
The rap mogul wrote on Facebook: “The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed.
"We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
The dad of three isn’t the only star to come to the "Whatever You Need" rapper’s defense, as actor Kevin Hart said he was “praying” for his close pal.
“Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers," he wrote on Instagram.
"I'm here for you man!!!! My brother for life...Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass...Stay strong & keep your head up (sic)”
Rapper T.I. also took to social media to show his support for Meek, saying he has “real love” for the "All Eyes On You" hitmaker.
He wrote on Instagram: “Was wit u then & WE STILL WIT U NOW!!! This too shall pass. You got this!!! God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs. We got real love for u out here KING. (sic)”
If only Meek's friends were the ones doing the sentencing, eh?
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