Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. gets jail time for violating probation

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

ATLANTA -- Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced Friday to serve 11 months in jail for violating the terms of his probation after he was arrested in September on suspicion of possessing ecstasy.

"I screwed up. I screwed up big time and I am sorry," T.I. told U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell, who also ordered him to serve a year of supervised release.

The rapper, 30, has won three Grammy Awards, most recently in 2008 for "Swagga Like Us," and has been nominated 12 times.

In 2007, he faced a possible 30 years in prison on federal gun charges after he was arrested the same day that he was due at the Black Entertainment Television awards after being nominated for a series of honors. A judge sentenced him to one year in jail after he pleaded guilty and agreed to do 1,000 hours of community service, warning young people about the dangers of drugs and gangs.

Friday's hearing stemmed from an arrest on Sept. 1 in Hollywood, when police said they found drugs in his vehicle.

On Wednesday, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, helped persuade a man not to jump from a 22-story building in Atlanta's midtown.

Police praised T.I. after an officer at the scene recorded a video message from the rapper, who was passing by, and sent it to a negotiator on the roof, who showed it to the 24-year-old man, according to local media reports.

-- Reuters

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