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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Tuesday and won’t serve additional time in prison after reaching a plea agreement in a case that’s kept him on probation for most of his adult life.
The negotiated plea comes after an appeals court threw out the 2007 conviction of the 32-year-old rapper, born Robert Williams, last month.
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He’d already served about two years in prison in the case, and a judge decided he won’t have to spend any additional time behind bars or on probation.
“I know this has been a long road for you and hopefully this will be the end of it,” Judge Leon Tucker told the rapper.
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The negotiated plea came after both sides questioned the credibility of the arresting officer.
The defense also accused the trial judge of bias for sending the entertainer back to prison over minor probation violations.
Williams - Ordeal - Millions - People - Issues
Williams has called the 12-year ordeal “mentally and emotionally challenging,” but said millions of people face the same issues. He has become an activist for criminal justice reform since he was sent back to prison in 2017 for technical violations he blamed on his erratic travel schedule as his career soared. He spent five months locked up before an appeals court granted him bail.
Last month, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned the conviction, saying new evidence undermined the credibility of the officer who testified against the rapper at his trial and made it likely he would be acquitted if the case were retried.
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District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office had supported Williams’ appeal and said it could not call the former officer to testify after an internal probe found he’d stolen money on duty and lied about it.
″(The state) cannot call a witness whose credibility it mistrusts,” prosecutors wrote in a legal brief this year.
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The officer, Reginald Graham, has...
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