R&B singer Lyfe Jennings is heading to jail for three years, according to reports. The artist was due to perform in Seattle on Tuesday, but the show was abruptly canceled before Jennings was sentenced to three and a half years in Atlanta on Wednesday (September 22), according to Seattle Weekly.
The sentence stems from an altercation Jennings had with the mother of his child in 2008 . The singer kicked down the door of a house in Smyrna, Georgia, in an attempt to find Joy Pound and later fired a gun outside. Smyrna police saw a red 2005 Corvette fleeing the scene, and Jennings was caught after a high-speed chase that ended when the singer smashed the vehicle. He refused a sobriety test. Jennings was handed misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, discharging a firearm near a public highway and refusal to take a DUI test, in addition to two felony counts of attempting to elude an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Jennings’ label offered no comment by press time.
On Tuesday, Jennings posted a vague message on his Twitter account announcing he would no longer be writing on the micro-blogging site.
“This will be my last post. To everyone who gave me a chance I am forever in your debt. I have had a fabulous career because of you. All I can say in parting is that I have been honest with yaw. I didn’t sugarcoat a word didn’t hold back a single sylible of my life from yaw,” Jennings said. “I’ve lived a hundred lives in these 6 yrs so I not only won’t, I don’t have the right to complain. I would like to think that I’ve changed lives by changing my own, tho I can’t be sure. But one thing I am sure of is God gives and takes away in measure. He is fair, just and forever. Amen from aman… Smile, it’s contageous:)”
Jennings was sentenced to 10 years for felony arson before gaining acclaim after his wins at the famed amateur night at New York’s Apollo Theater. His 2004 debut, Lyfe 268-192, went platinum, and he’s known for hits like “S.E.X.” and “Never Never Land.” He released his latest LP, I Still Believe, in August, a project he dubbed his “final” album. In a press release for the album, Jennings explained that the title reflects his resilience despite his personal trials.
“It’s tragic; I think I have a horribly charmed life,” Jennings said. “But I think God puts me through stuff and keeps me there so I can talk about it.”