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Saturday
Oct162010

Rapper T.I. Sentenced to 11 Months in Jail

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Friday for violating the terms of his probation. The 30–year-old hip-hop star was arrested in September on suspicion of possession of the drug Ecstasy.

T.I., whose real name is Calvin Harris, sought leniency in the case as prosecutors pushed for a two-year sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Harris faced a potential 30 years in prison for federal gun charges in 2007 when he was arrested following the Black Entertainment Television awards. He paid a $100,000 fine and was sentenced to one year in prison after completing 1000 hours of community service while under house arrest.

On September 1, Harris was stopped for a traffic violation in Los Angeles by police, who discovered drugs in his car. After his arrest Harris tested positive for opiates. He acknowledged on Friday that this was a violation of the terms of his probation.

Several character witnesses appeared in court this week on behalf of Harris, including a university professor who used his music to relate life lessons to her students, a member of Harris' Narcotics Anonymous group, and an Atlanta police officer, James Polite, who explained how Harris recently persuaded an Atlanta man not to commit suicide.

Once Harris is released from prison, he will still be on probation and face three more years if he is found in violation of the terms of his release.

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