T.I. has been sentenced to 11 months in jail for violating his probation after he was arrested on a drugs charge last month.
The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, had been on probation after serving 10 months behind bars for a weapons conviction. He was stopped by police in Hollywood in September who arrested him on suspicion of possessing ecstasy. Also, the judge ordered the rapper to serve a year of supervised release.
During the hearing, Harris begged US District Court Judge Charles Pannell not to send him back to prison, saying he needed to get help for drug addiction.
“I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life,” he said.
His lawyers had argued that no-one had been jailed in the last 10 years in the northern court district of Georgia for a first drug violation of their probation, but the judge said he thought the rapper “had about the limit of second chances.”
Harris is expected to surrender voluntarily to authorities on November 1.