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Rapper Meek Mill released from prison on bail

Posted: 10:18 AM, Apr 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-25 14:18:05Z

Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill was released from prison Tuesday afternoon. 

Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, spent the last five months in prison after a judge sentenced him to two-to-four years behind bars for a parole violation.

The original charges stem from decades-old drug and gun charges.

A judge ordered him to prison for breaching the terms of the probation after he was arrested last year on reckless driving charges.

Several celebrities including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kevin Hart, members of the Philadelphia 76'ers and the New England Patriots advocated for the rapper to be released from prison.

The punishment was unfair and did not fit the crime, according to his attorneys.

Pennsylavnia's Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail. That judge has 60 days to decide whether Mill should receive a new trial or drop the charges against him.

Mill posted a tweet thanking the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for their commitment to justice. The rapper said he plans to use his platform to speak out against the criminal justice system.

Upon his release, Mill was flown via helicopter to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia to attend the an NBA playoff game between the Philadelphia 76'ers and the Miami Heat.

The rapper shared a video on his Instagram account of him exiting a vehicle and entering the helicopter with Sixers team executives.

 

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Mill sat courtside as the Sixers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after defeating the Heat 104-91 Tuesday night.