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Rapper Meek Mill pleads guilty to misdemeanor gun charge but won’t serve more time, finalizing plea agreement


Rapper Meek Mill, center, arrives at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Jessica Griffin / AP)

He’s been through the mill, but now his battle in finally over.

Meek Mill’s 12-year legal fight has finally come to an end as the 32-year-old pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge Tuesday in Philadelphia.

He will not have to serve any more jail time.

Mill, born Robert Williams, was originally sentenced in a 2008 non-jury trial after a Philadelphia cop claimed he pointed a gun at him during a 2007 arrest, which the rapper denied. The cop, Reginald Graham, who was eventually found guilty of stealing money while on duty and lying about it, later resigned, despite denying the allegations.

The rapper, who rose to fame under mentor Jay-Z, served about two years in prison and has been on probation since then. His case became a flashpoint for criminal justice reform after he was sent back to prison in 2017 for violating his probation, which he blamed on his tour schedule.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a license and the judge agreed to consider time served. Prosecutors dropped all other charges, including multiple probation violations.

“I’m extremely grateful that my long legal battle is finally behind me and I appreciate that it has sparked a much-needed discussion about probation reform and the inequalities that exist within our two Americas," Mill tweeted after the decision.

His judge, Leon Tucker, graduated from the same high school Mill dropped out of and called the rapper “a representative of the community I live in and grew up in.”

“The court asks that you continue to do the good things you are doing," Tucker said.

A three-judge panel overturned Mill’s conviction in late July based on Graham’s credibility issues.

“The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but I’m ecstatic that justice prevailed,” Mill said in a statement at the time. “Unfortunately, millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and don’t have the resources to fight back like I did. We need to continue supporting them.”

Judge Genece Brinkley, who convicted Mill in 2008 and sentenced him again in 2014 and 2017, was accused by the rapper’s team of “vindictive” behavior and was eventually removed from the case.