Rapper T.I. was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. After serving a minimum of one year, T.I. can apply for a work-release program, according to the county clerk’s office in Cobb County, Georgia.
An arrest warrant for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was issued on December 29, ordering a revocation of his probation. He turned himself in to county officials on March 30 and had been in custody ever since (see “T.I. Hasn’t Been Hiding Out Lately — He’s Been In Jail” ).
His lawyers appeared in Cobb County Superior Court Wednesday and signed a consent order with prosecutors that essentially stipulated T.I. should be sentenced immediately, thus avoiding the need for a formal hearing.
T.I. was on probation stemming from a 1998 conviction for violating a state controlled substances act and for giving false information. After being released on probation, he earned a litany of probation violations in several counties around Georgia for offenses ranging from possession of a firearm to possession of marijuana.
The setback comes just as T.I. was starting to earn widespread recognition with his second album, Trap Muzik, and its hit single, “Rubber Band Man.”
A spokesperson for T.I. was not available for comment.