Rapper T.I. jailed for a year

March 28th, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

On Friday RAPPER T.I. was sentenced to one year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges after he tried to buy a stash of machine guns and silencers to protect himself after his best friend was killed.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, will also pay a US$$100,000 fine as part of his sentence. The rapper arrested in 2007 after trying to to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

He pleaded guilty last March to the federal weapons charges but wasn’t sentenced until Friday as part of a deal to see if he would be successful in performing community service by speaking to youths about the pitfalls of drugs, violence and guns.

Harris is one of the co-chief executives of Grand Hustle Records and one of Atlantic Records’ most successful artists. His sixth album, ‘Paper Trail,’ has sold nearly two million copies.

It also charted two smash No. 1 songs, and a third with Justin Timberlake is near the top of the charts.

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