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Meek Mill Ends Battle Over Gun Conviction With Guilty Plea, Ending Probation

August 27, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Meek Mill’s lengthy legal battle over a 2008 conviction on firearm possesion charges is over, though not without Mill taking a guilty plea. 6ABC in Philadelphia reports that Mill walked out of court a free man and off probation on Tuesday after he pled guilty to a change of misdemeanor possesion of a firearm without a license.

The plea caps a lengthy battle with the courts that saw him take his case to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Mill argued that the arresting officer in the 2007 incident, Gerold Gibson, was involved in a huge police corruption scandal and that another officer said Gibson lied on the stand in Mill’s case. The state’s Superior Court overturned the conviction in June, granting Mill a new trial and removing the judge from the case. The likelihood of the case being retried was believed to be low due to the key witness being the police officer accused of corruption, who the DA acknowledged would not be called at any possible retrial.

Mill was sentenced by the judge in the case to two to four years in prison after it was found that Mill violated his probation, and the Superior Court found that the judge had “heard highly prejudicial testimony … and made credibility determinations in favor of a now discredited witness.” They also overturned her parole violation findings.

In pleading guilty to the misdemeanor possession, six other charges were thrown out. He said following the hearing today, “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 … I have always told the truth — that as a teenager, who saw many around me die from senseless gun violence, I carried a gun for protection. I take responsibility for that and – in conjunction with my work on the REFORM Alliance – I’ll continue to use my platform to make communities safer and reform our criminal justice system.”

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