No surprise, but TI was finally sentenced. And the deal was as sweet as expected. A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. to one year and one day in federal prison. The sentence stems from an incident in October 2007 in which T.I. attempted to purchase machine guns and silencers in a Midtown parking lot from undercover ATF agents.
The plea deal T.I. made with the U.S. Attorney’s Office has come under fire as another example of a celebrity receiving a light sentence. The federal sentencing guidelines suggest that a defendant who pleads guilty to such offenses should receive nearly five years in prison. However, the plea deal also required T.I. to serve 1,500 hours of community service, pay a $100,000 fine, and be confined to his home for one year. T.I. has already served over 1,000 hours of his community service requirement.
Page Pate of our firm was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about TI’s extraordinary deal. He has also previously provided expert commentary to the local media on this high-profile case.
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias defended the plea deal by arguing that T.I. has made hundreds of appearances in front of thousands of kids denouncing gangs and crime. The hope is that T.I.’s appearances will deter some kids from entering a life of crime. Former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young also applauded the large impact T.I.’s community service has had on reaching kids in underprivileged communities. Young and T.I. worked together in a community outreach program in New York.
T.I.’s sentence of one year and one day may be reduced to around 10 months for good behavior. The sentence is set to begin in late May when he will voluntarily report to prison.
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