American rapper, Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison after for violating his probation with a pair of arrests earlier in the year.
The 30-year-old was arrested in March after a fight at an airport in St. Louis, and although those charges were dropped he also pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after he posted videos of himself doing tricks on a dirt bike in New York City.
Meek Mill was initially arrested on drug and weapons charges in 2008, resulting in eight months in prison and five years of probation. After the rapper violated his probation in 2009 by travelling out of Philadelphia without approval, he was sentenced to an additional five months in prison and his probation was extended for 10 more years.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who has previously overseen matters relating to Meek Mill’s probation, deemed both arrests a violation of the rapper’s probation before sentencing him to two to four years in a state prison, according to Philly.com.
Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation company manages the rapper, took to Facebook to criticize the court’s ruling. He wrote,
“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.”
The rapper’s lawyer when asked promised to appeal the sentence.