Meek Mill Sentenced for Parole Violation

A judge has sentenced Meek Mill, a rapper and native of Philadelphia, to spend several months behind bars for violating his parole multiple times.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Williams -- Meek Mill's legal name -- will spend three to six months behind bars for violating his parole.

The North Philly rapper was convicted in August 2008 on multiple gun and drug charges. He served eight months behind bars for those charges and was set to complete his 5-year probation in 2015.

But the District Attorney voiced concerns over Williams' behavior over the past few years.

"His twitter accounts being derogatory to the probation department and this DA and others in the court system," said Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis, who said he also missed meetings with his parole officer.

Williams is set to take the stage at Temple University's Liacouras Center for his "Homecoming Tour" July 19, but Philadelphia Common Please Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley had ordered the rapper to stop peforming from July 11 to Aug. 11.


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"The judge found that all these were technical violations of his probation," DeSantis said.

His July 11 concert at Echostage in Washington has been canceled, according to the venue's website.

Officials with the Liacouras Center said the July 19 "show will go on as planned."

Gary Silver, Williams' defense attorney, said the technical violations didn't warrant incarceration.

"He has done so much on the positive side," Silver said. "So much to follow all the rules and regulations for many years."

The rapper showed his positive side earlier this weeek when he visited the Southwest Philly neighborhood devastated by a fatal fire that killed 4 children last Saturday. Williams said he plans to donate money to the victims.

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