A day before Harris made his admission of guilt in a packed courtroom last March, Williams appeared before Judge Pannell to make a criminal advertisement accusing him of buying firearms for Harris and others. Williams was represented by defence counsel Mildred Dunn, who negotiated her client`s plea with prosecutors Todd Alley and Francey Hakes (who also handled the Harris case). There were no spectators in Pannell`s courtroom this afternoon. ATLANTA (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rapper T.I. reversed course on Thursday and pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal possession of weapons. If he complies with his deferred arrest warrant, he will be sentenced to one year in prison, fined $100,000, spend three years under surveillance, including one year of house arrest, and perform a total of 1,500 hours of community service, U.S. Attorney General David Nahmias said in a statement. Atlanta rapper T.I. has accepted a plea case on charges ahead of an incident outside his closed community in May, his lawyer said. “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said U.S. Attorney General David E. Nahmias.
“Mr. Harris received a significant sentence for his serious firearms offences. … T.I. was not the recipient of the plea because he blew, it is often said. Nor has he obtained the benefit of the doubt of the judicial system because he is rich. Tip ended his plea because of a combination of his fame, his familiar troubled past and his ability to tell his transformation from the trapstar to the rap star as a way to influence teenagers in danger. Two weeks after his arrest, the rapper pleaded not guilty and was released on $3 million in loans and ordered to stay at home and submit to strict supervision. The plea, which federal authorities have described as unique, allowed the rapper to remain out of prison for a year while serving in the community.
April 7 — What`s rapper T.I.`s ill will with Justice Department prosecutors? The 27-year-old rapper could have faced up to 10 years in prison on each count, but his plea will result in a lighter sentence. Steve Sadow told AJC.com that T.I., who is named Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence on all counts, but that he pleaded guilty to a violation of county rules because he fled to a public place to “put this case to bed.” In the year following his plea, Harris, left, visited 58 schools, 12 boys and girls clubs, nine churches and several other community groups (of course, he was followed at several of these concerts by a team of MTV cameras who filmed his reality series “Road to Redemption”, which ends tonight with an episode called “The Reckoning”. Harris also recorded dozens of utility ads, including one promoted by the Cleveland Foundation in The Hood Foundation and ended with an invitation to “Keep it Pimpin!” In any case, Harris` plea was an unprecedented slap in the face. The 28-year-old performer, who was convicted of three offences, could have been sentenced to about five years in prison for obtaining the three machine guns and two 9 mm silencers. Harris was charged with possession of a firearm because his overloaded rap sheet included a conviction for drug-related offences dating back to 1998.