Fri 28 Mar 2008
(video spotted at nahright)
Earlier today a judge approved the unique terms of T.I.’s plea deal…In exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of illegal possession of machine guns and silencers, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, TI is avoiding a prolonged expensive trial and the possibility of a 30 year sentence. His punishment pales in comparison…..One year and a day of jail time (with possibility of time off for good behavior), that wont start until next year. Until then, TI must perform 1000 hours of community service, specifically talking to youth groups across the country. He must also pay a $100,000 fine. But this delayed jail term means that TI will be able to 1)release his album this year and earn money, 2) be home for the birth of his song later this spring.
There will be quite the heavy anvil hanging over TI’s head though….the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports…
“If [Tip “T.I” Harris] does not abide by the terms of the plea agreement, [Judge] Panell can sentence him up to 57 months in prison. In addition, Harris could face a sentence of up to 97 months in prison if Panell finds that Harris has not accepted responsibility for his actions.”
Personally, I feel like TI’s gun jones was a matter of nurture, not nature. And he seems like a smart enough man to take this sobering reality check and learn from it. Just my opinion…