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T.I. To Begin Prison Sentence Following Memorial Day Weekend

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T.I. is scheduled to begin serving a sentence in alow-security prison in Arkansas' Forrest City at noon Tuesday, May 26, the Associated Pressreports.


In March, the Grammy winning artist pleaded guilty toattempting to purchase unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercoverfederal agents. He was sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison.

R.D. Weeks, a spokesperson for the facility located 85 mileseast of Little Rock,said that T.I. would likely be housed like other inmates.

"Unless there are custody or security concerns, all incominginmates are placed in general population," Weeks told AP. Weeks added that thecells are furnished with bunk beds.

T.I. will have access to the correctional institution'srecreation yard, counseling services and 14 organized religious groups.

After his incarceration, T.I. will be required to be onprobation for three years. He has also been fined $100,000 as part of hissentence.

These terms actually look good considering what T.I.initially faced. Though his regrettable decision to attempt to purchase theillegal firearms is what got him in trouble, he has subsequently made wiserchoices in his court proceedings. As a result, he has benefited by reducedfines and will potentially spend less time in prison.

By pleading guilty, the rapper born Clifford J. Harris, Jr. avoidedmore stringent sentencing-a maximum of 10 years in prison and $750,000 infines.

Because he served on home detention for 305 days, he willreceive a credit that can lessen his prison time to as little as two months, APreports.

Of course he will spend the time locked up writing an albumthat he will record during his first week out of prison and will release itimmediately.

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