T.I. turned himself over to authorities once again on Monday (November 1), as the Atlanta rapper is set to begin his second stint in prison in less than a year.
The low-security prison is the same facility where T.I. served nine months last year after he secured a plea deal with Georgia prosecutors stemming from a 2007 gun case. The experimental deal required Tip to complete 1,500 hours of community service and endure home confinement in exchange for a lesser sentence; he was also required to complete a probation period afterward. The rapper was released in March after serving out the remainder of his time at a halfway house.
But last month, he and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested in Los Angeles for a driving violation and charged with drug possession after police checked their vehicle.
Los Angeles authorities eventually dropped the charges against the rapper , but documents filed by police suggested the rapper tested positive for opiates in his system, was with a convicted felon at the time of his arrest and was in possession of Ecstasy. All three accusations were violations of the rapper’s strict supervised-release probation.
During his sentencing, T.I. asked the judge for leniency in his case and help with a drug dependency in lieu of jail time. However, Judge Charles Pannell, who authorized T.I.’s earlier plea deal, didn’t comply with the request.