Jay-Z: Meek Mill Prison Sentence 'Unjust and Heavy-Handed'

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A USA judge has sentenced rapper Meek Mill to at least two years in jail for violating probation, a surprisingly harsh verdict that stunned the hip-hop world. But asked if he would appeal the sentence, McMonagle said, "You're goddamned right I am".

At the time, Mill (real name: Robert Williams) was sentenced to serve 11 to 23 months in prison.

While Jay-Z's Roc Nation company manages Meek Mill, the former has also become a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform.

Meek Mill has not released an official statement regarding the recent news.

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"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 wrote on Facebook yesterday (November 6th 2017).

Despite the charges being dropped, the judge ruled the arrests were violations of his probation.

The Associated Press reports that Philadelphia based judge, Judge Genece Brinkley, cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel.

Meek was then charged with reckless endangerment in August in for illegally riding his dirt bike in Manhattan while filming a music video.

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Brinkley has worked with Mill since almost a decade ago, when the rapper was convicted and jailed for eight months and later placed on probation in 2008 for gun and drug charges.

However, Mill's plea did not make the judge change her decision and she ordered him to be taken into custody. He was later sentenced to house arrest and six more years of probation after a minor parole violation.

Meek's 2008 charges just seem to keep following him around.

Mill spent eight months in prison following a 2008 conviction for dealing drugs and gun possession.

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