Meek Mill has pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing a firearm without a license, The Associated Press and Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate WCAU report. All other charges in the case, which stretches back over a decade, have been dropped. Meek will not have to serve any additional time in prison and will no longer be on probation.
When reached by Pitchfork, Meek Mill’s representatives sent the following statement from the rapper:
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. I want to express my gratitude to all of my supporters, especially JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, my legal team, and everyone else who stood by me throughout the years. It’s important that we now channel our energy into helping the millions that are unjustly trapped in our criminal justice system.
Last month, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned Meek Mill’s 2008 conviction on drug and gun charges that has landed the rapper in prison multiple times over the last decade. Meek’s lawyers had argued that Reginald Graham, the police officer who arrested Meek in 2007, was not a credible witness and that he allegedly gave false testimony during the initial trial.