On Monday November 6th, 2017, Philadelphia Judge, Genece Brinkley, sentenced Robert Williams, formally known as Meek Mill, to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. Prior to this decision, Mill tested his boundaries, getting arrest twice this year.
The first arrest happened in March, getting into an altercation with one of the St. Louis International Airport employees, but charges were dropped when he agreed to do community service. The second arrest this year was back in August when he was charged with reckless endangerment and pleaded guilty to reckless driving. In 2016, Mill was on house arrest due to violating his probation by unapproved traveling and a urine test failure.
The probation was a result of his 2008 conviction for drug and gun charges. He was in jail for 8 months and then let out on a five year probation. After dealing with Mill for years, the judge decided to put him in prison, although charges were dropped, he was still violating his probation.
Putting Meek Mill in prison has not only affected his fans, but also big time rappers and stars as well. Rapper Jay Z wrote on Facebook that,
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. 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.”
On Instagram, comedian Kevin Hart wrote,
“Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up.”
Many other celebrities have been posting on the arrest. As the hashtag continues to grow, the hip- hop music industry and fans will be standing strong tweeting and posting #FreeMeekMill.