T.I. Sentenced For Parole Violation

Rapper T.I. is sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating his parole. Did the judge make the right decision?

Hero one day, prisoner the next. Just another week in the life of T.I.

Ti sentenced to 11 months in jail on Oct 15

The rapper, born Clifford Harris, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Oct. 15 for violating the terms of his parole. T.I and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle were arrested in Los Angeles on Sept. 1 for possession of a controlled substance. Marijuana was found in the car along with ecstacy and, allegedly, the codeine-based drink Sizzurp.

"The Limit of Second Chances"

T.I. served a year in prison in 2009 on federal weapons charges. He faced 30 years, but managed to get the sentence reduced by pleading guilty and submitting to community service.

"I screwed up. I screwed up big time and I am sorry. I don't want and I don't need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life." the singer told U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell, who also ordered him to serve a year of supervised release.

Judge Pannell was unimpressed by his apology, saying the rapper has "had about the limit of second chances," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

T.I.'s community service prior to his year-long stint in jail included talks to young people about the dangers of gang and drugs, along with an MTV show Road to Redemption. He was widely praised for the work and pledged to stay off drugs, something he wasn't able to do after his release.

"We hoped he would demonstrate he'd turned his life around and serve as an excellent role model -- that he was someone who was living what he was preaching," U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said.

Instead, Yates said the Atlanta-based rapped submitted two diluted drug tests in the weeks before his arrest. He also tested positive for opiates after the September arrest.

Judge Not Impressed by Good Deed

T.I. made news earlier this week when he helped talk a suicidal man down from a downtown Atlanta building. Atlanta police officer James Polite spoke on his behalf at the hearing, telling the judge that T.I. "very instrumental" in saving the man.

Pannell was not impressed.

"This case was an experiment," he said, referring to the rapper's prior jail sentence. "Mr. Harris, you sure have dumped a lot of smut all over the experiment."


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Comments on "T.I. back to prison for 11 months"

mytwocents October 18, 2010 | 8:01 PM

TI had 6 months after his release from his last visit in prison to redeem himself. He obviously didn't learn otherwise he would not be back in the same situation. Hopefully after his second time, he will never get into drugs because Drugs is a NO NO.

CB October 18, 2010 | 6:19 AM

TI - You should know by now that you are being watched and hated for driving a half million dollar car and living large! I hope and pray that when you get out, you will seek counseling for your drug addiction for the sake of your children as well as yourself. May God bless you and your family. I am praying for you and your family. God has blessed you with a wonderful talent so please do not throw this wonderful gift away!

mytwocents October 16, 2010 | 4:44 PM

@ By Meagan TI didn't kill anyone. And besides, didn't TI do time 6 months ago for possession of weapons? TI should've known better as for only having been out not even a year from his last sentence as for being arrested for possession of drugs. I see TI as a low threat to society as long as he didn't kill anyone. As for Lindsay Lohan, i couldn't believe that she had the nerve to have the letters 'F U" on her fingernails prior at one of her court appearance. My point is Lindsay and TI are just 2 people who seriously need help.

my two cents October 16, 2010 | 6:58 AM

I believe that TI should've got the same treatment as Lindsay Lohan. TI is a low threat to society just as Lindsay Lohan is. Instead TI should've gotten what Lindsay got, an opportunity to better control of his drug addiction.

Marta October 16, 2010 | 4:28 AM

Jackson is a confessed former drug dealer who seems to revel in the liner notes depict every ghetto stereotype - the artist selling drugs, the artist standing before a wall adorned with weapons, pointing what appears to be one of the 1990's, when rappers provoked a real-world gang war by using recordings and music videos to insult and threaten rivals.

br October 16, 2010 | 12:32 AM

If only they can do the same to lindsey lohan.

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