Jay-Z denounced Meek Mill’s two-to-four 12 months jail sentence for violating probation as “unjust and heavy-handed” in a message on Facebook Monday evening.
“The sentence handed down by the Judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy-handed,” Jay-Z mentioned. “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.”
While Jay-Z’s Roc Nation firm manages Meek Mill, the previous has additionally grow to be a fierce advocate for felony justice reform.
On Monday, a Philadelphia decide handed down Meek Mill’s jail sentence after the rapper violated his probation with a pair of arrests earlier this 12 months. The rapper, born Robert Williams, was arrested in March after a struggle within the St. Louis airport, although these costs had been dropped. In October, he pleaded responsible to reckless driving after a video was posted of him doing wheelies on a dust bike in New York City.
When requested if he deliberate on interesting the sentence, Brian McMonagle, Meek Mill’s protection lawyer, responded, “You’re goddamned right I am.”
Per Philly.com, Meek Mill’s probation stems from a 2008 drug and weapons case that landed the rapper in jail for eight months. He initially obtained 5 years probation, however his failure to report back to a probation officer or get prior approval for touring outdoors of Philadelphia earned him an extra 5 months in jail in 2013, whereas his probation was prolonged to 10 years. Most just lately, in February 2016, Meek Mill was placed on home arrest for 90 days after one other probation violation.