T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning aired last night and Tip sat down with MTV’s Sway for one final interview before he starts his sentence in May. Tip tells Sway that he’s over the questions about his weapons charges and arrest stating: “This is the last time…After this I’m done! Don’t ask me no more questions bout this OK? Finito!” OK…Tip! I think we get it. You don’t want to be asked anymore questions about your legal issues, right? Right.
Meanwhile, while Tip’s keeping quiet, reportedly his snitchin “A”zz bodyguard, 34 year old Corey Williams is NOT. Williams was intrumental in developing the weapons case in that he had monitored conversations with T.I. and wore a wire on the rapper during a face-to-face meeting. He also agreed to testify against his former employer as a “confidential witness” after the bust went down. After all that, Williams did not get off easily. He still received the exact same penalty as T.I. (366 days) even though their criminal records are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
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Chris Brown appeared in an L.A. County Courthouse yesterday to enter his “Not Guilty” plea at his arraignment over the alleged beating of girlfriend, Rihanna.
According to press on-hand, “Brown quietly entered a not guilty plea on both of his felony charges of assault and making criminal threats.”
From here, the “Kiss Kiss” singer will return to court for a hearing on April 29. If convicted, he could face up to four years and eight months in prison.
Meanwhile, Rihanna’s lawyer, Donald Etra, told press following the arraignment: “What happened this afternoon is what we fully expected would happen this afternoon. It was merely a routine matter.” (Source)
While C-Breezy was in court in his tuxedo pants, Rihanna was headed back home. She was spotted arriving at the airport in Barbados and has made it clear she doesn’t want to testify in the case and wants Brown to cop a plea. It’s also being said that one of the main reasons she’s in Barbados right now is because “she wants to be as far away from this case as possible.”
Former Soul for Real group member Brian Dalyrimple has been apprehended and appeared in court yesterday in Gwinnett County to face charges of identity theft and fraud. Since this is his first court appearance, it was the first time the evidence against him had been discussed. Dalyrimple was linked to an apartment that was filled with other people’s documents and Gwinnett officials stated that his bedroom was littered with the paperwork, credit cards and driver’s licenses of various identities.
The judge in the case issued two key rulings: 1) that Brian Dalyrimple would remain in jail without bond and 2) that the case had enough evidence to move forward.
Dalyrimple was arrested last week in North Carolina and was found hiding in a friend’s closet. He had fled Georgia weeks earlier with his 10 month old son and was arrested without incident. In court, Dalyrimple claimed that he is actually the victim of identity theft and said he never tried to flee from police. Brian also begged the judge to allow him out on bond stating “I’m a professional entertainer recognized internationally…” and said he needs his freedom in order to perform to make cash. The judge saw right through that and promptly refused his request.
The investigation against Dalyrimple is ongoing and there may be way more charges brought against him. Brian’s girlfriend/baby mama, Labora Crawford is also in custody and faces similar charges, while a grandmother is taking care of their 10 month old son. To make matters worse, Brian also has pending identity theft cases in Fulton and Clayton counties and two other members of the group, his brothers Jason and Andre Dalyrimple are also being sought to face further charges in the case. (Source 1 & 2)
Andre´3000 Benjamin was arrested in Henry County after he was caught speeding down interstate 75 in his 1997 Porsche Carrera. Dre´explained to the officer that he was in a hurry because he had to get to a friend’s birthday party.
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Dre’ is accused of going 109mph (44 miles over the speed limit) and was arrested because he was seen as a danger to others on the road. He has since bonded out but in light of his speeding arrest, Dre will now be the poster child for Georgia’s “Super Speeder” law whether he wants to or not. This should be interesting. Stay tuned…
“Yo…No need to read me my rights. it’s on the back of my t-shirt.“
Yet again…my friends over at Muggn.com have me over there spending hours captioning dayum goofy “A”zz mugshots. This one had me crackin up cause I’m sure dude had no plans of being arrested that day, but how coincidental is it that he would be wearing the US Constitution on his t-shirt? I can’t take it… 😆
This morning a U.S. District Court Judge sentenced T.I. to one year and one day under his negotiated plea deal. T.I. will receive credits for his good behavior that will most likely cut the sentence to about 298 days (a little less than 10 months). Upon release, he will remain under home confinement for 60 days, and he will have to perform another 470 hours of community service. The sentence also includes a $100,000 fine.
Prior to the judge imposing his sentence, Tip had several Atlanta notables to speak on his behalf. Former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Bishop Eddie Long of DeKalb County’s New Birth Baptist megachurch and Ex-DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones also showed up for the hearing, saying he’s known the rapper for about eight years.
In Tip’s most Recent Road to Redepemption episode, he made it quite clear that he wants no visitors and that he prefers general population. Stating “Protective custody means everyone else gets to serve their time working out, watching tv, playing chess…while I on the other had, spends 23 hours a day in my cell…I can’t do that.”
T.I. has requested assignment to a federal facility near Atlanta, and he’ll have some extra quality time to spend with his family since he will not have to report before May 19. That’ll also give him some extra time to cruise around the “A” on his brand new Harley. Check out a few flix of Tip and his bike taken last night at Keri Hilson Exclusive Album Release Party below: Continue Reading…