A federal judge sentenced T.I. to 11 months in prison Friday (October 15) during a probation hearing, where the rapper was found to have violated the terms of his supervised release, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The prosecution sought to send T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) back to prison for two years, The Associated Press reported. But the rapper pleaded with the judge to lessen his punishment and instead help him with his drug dependency, according to AP.
Last month in Los Angeles, the rapper was arrested after a traffic stop, when police discovered drugs on him and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. The incident prompted Friday’s hearing.
According to police documents obtained by several media outlets leading up to the hearing, at the time of his arrest, the rapper tested positive for opiates, was in possession of Ecstasy, and was also associating with a felon, who was present in his vehicle during the bust.
T.I. was released from a halfway house earlier this year after serving seven months in a low-security facility in Arkansas. The prison time stemmed from an October 2007 arrest when T.I., a convicted felon, attempted to purchase illegal firearms. He was able to reach a unique plea deal at the time — upon the condition that he would speak to youth, complete community service and would be placed under house arrest — and he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison . After his release, he was placed on strict probation.
TMZ is reporting that T.I. has two weeks to turn himself in.