HARRISBURG – Rapper Meek Mill, who has spent most of his adult life on probation after a teenage arrest, celebrated the latest twist in his legal case on Friday after being pardoned by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
“I was pardoned today,” 35-year-old rapper Robert Williams tweeted, noting he’s come a long way.
Under a photo of the pardon on Instagram, the Philadelphia rapper has become an entrepreneur active in criminal law reform vowed for years to continue to do more for his community.
Wolf signed his final 369 pardons this week, adding to his Pennsylvania record Number of pardons granted since taking office in 2015. Williams was pardoned on gun and drug charges.
At a 2008 trial, a judge found Williams guilty on drug and weapons charges and sentenced him to about one to two years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.
The case came to a head in 2017 when the judge sentenced Williams to two to four years in prison for violating probation, citing a failed drug test, failure to comply with an order restricting his travel, and two unrelated arrests. The judge issued the verdict, although a prosecutor and a probation officer recommended that Williams not be jailed.
Williams spent months in prison before being released and before a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned his conviction in 2019 because new evidence undermined the credibility of the arresting officer. the next month he pleaded guilty to a gun misdemeanor charge in a deal that broke the 2007 arrest.
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