March 27, 2009

T.I. sentenced to a year in prison

Hip-hop artist T.I. was sentenced in an Atlanta court Friday to one year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to buying machine guns and silencers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the rapper also was ordered to pay a $100,300 fine. He has mentored at-risk students for more than 1,000 hours as part of the community service requirement of the plea bargain he made with prosecutors last year.

The plea deal included some property forfeiture, as well as supervision for three years after he completes his prison sentence and 365 days of home confinement, of which he has already served 305.

The newspaper said T.I. must undergo DNA testing and drug counseling. In addition, he cannot own firearms and must submit to reasonable searches and a financial audit, the newspaper said.

The penalties stem from a 2007 case in which T.I. was arrested in an Atlanta parking lot after taking possession of three machine guns and two silencers during what turned out to be a federal sting.

You shouldn't take the things that I've gone through and the negative parts of my life and admire me for that, the hip-hop artist said in a CNN interview. If anything, admire me for how I've accepted responsibility for the part I've played in placing myself in these situations and what I've done to recover from it.