T.I. Released From Prison
By Sam Brand Posted Dec 22nd 2009 06:58PM
And you thought The King of the South was supposed to be sprung on March 10, 2010. Christmas arrived a few days early for one of the best-selling rappers of the decade. On Tuesday morning, 7 months into his scheduled 366 day stay behind bars, T.I. was released from Forrest City penitentiary.
T.I. Out of Jail – The 29-year-old rapper now must spend 3 months in a halfway house – where residents are allowed to leave for work and contact with family – and then another 23 days under house arrest. T.I. must also put in over 500 hours of community service to fulfill his obligations to society following his 2007 arrest and conviction for illegal possession of firearms. And no, time logged in front of the camera for his MTV reality series 'T.I.'s Road to Redemption' does not count towards that total.
His Crime – Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. was arrested for illegally purchasing several machine guns and silencers from undercover cops just hours before a scheduled performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in October 2007. Additional illegal firearms were found in the rapper's College Park home during the sting, which was aided by one of T.I.'s busted bodyguards. Formerly convicted of a drug offense in 1998, T.I. is barred from owning or buying firearms of any kind. The possession of several unregistered weapons could have put the platinum-selling rapper in jail for a decade. But under the terms of his plea deal, in which T.I. agreed to use his celebrity to educate at-risk youth about the dangers of violence and gangs, the rapper received a reduced sentence.
His Accomplishments – T.I. has sold nearly 10 million records in the United States, landing his last 3 albums at the top of the Billboard 200, and appearing in 3 No. 1 singles: "My Love" (Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.), "Whatever You Like," and "Live Your Life." He's got 14 Top 40 hits to his name, appeared as a guest in several dozen charting singles, and he's the CEO of his own label Grand Hustle Records. He's also an actor, appearing in 'The O.C.,' 'ATL,' 'American Gangster,' and the upcoming thriller 'Takers,' which he is also executive producing.
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