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Posted: November 07, 2017

Jay Z, T.I., and others slam Meek Mill sentence as ‘unjust and heavy-handed’


By Najja Parker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rapper Meek Mill is making headlines this week, but it’s not for his music. The musician was recently sentenced to two to four years in Pennsylvania state prison Monday after violating probation.

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The 30-year-old, known legally as Robert Rihmeek William, was already under probation for a drug and weapons case and has been arrested twice this year. 

In March in St. Louis, he was charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation with two airport employees, and in August, he was illegally riding his dirt bike in the Inwood section of Manhattan.

When news of his hearing broke, many were shocked and took to social media to share their thoughts. 

Several said the judge was too harsh, comparing his punishment to that of those who received less time for what they called bigger crimes.

Even some celebrities, including Jay Z, didn’t think the punishment fit the crime.

»RELATED: Judge ignores recommendation, sends Meek Mill to prison

On the other hand, a couple believed the sentencing was spot-on, considering Mill’s lengthy history with law enforcement.

And a few, like T.I. and Kevin Hart, just wanted to offer their support. 

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