The Game was released from prison just before midnight on Sunday, after serving only eight days of a scheduled 60-day sentence . According to an e-mail sent to MTV News by his attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, the rapper was released due to overcrowding at the prison.
“He is now on probation and will eagerly begin his court-ordered community service,” Holley added.
The Los Angeles native (real name: Jayceon Taylor), checked into the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in California on March 2 to serve a sentence for a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
The felony gun charge stemmed from an incident that occurred in California in February 2007. Prosecutors argued Game punched a bystander and threatened him with a gun during a pick-up basketball game at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in Los Angeles. The rapper wasn’t arrested for the incident until three months later, when police searched his home for three hours in connection with the incident.
In February of this year, Game pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to prison and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and serve three years’ probation.
The rapper was originally on the hook for three counts of making criminal threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone. Two of the charges were later dropped in an arraigned plea deal, and the rapper then pleaded no contest to the firearm possession.
Game was also arrested in May of 2006 on weapons charges after Burbank, California, police pulled over his vehicle on a traffic violation and discovered a pair of brass knuckles.
[This story was originally published at 11:55 am E.T. on 3.10.2008]