Rapper Meek Mill sentenced to up to four years in jail

The musician faces prison for violating the terms of his parole following two arrests

Meek Mill has been sentenced to between two and four years in prison for violating his parole with two arrests, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer: one for fighting and another for reckless driving.

The Philadelphia rapper real name Robert Williams has been on parole since autumn 2009, following a spell in prison on drugs and weapons charges. In March this year, the 30-year-old was arrested after a fight in St Louis airport and in August he was arrested on a charge of reckless driving. Although both charges were later dropped, the judge said the arrests violated Mills parole. He was immediately taken into custody.

Jay-Z was among those who reacted to the sentencing. The rapper who owns Roc Nation, the company that represents Mill published a post on Facebook saying the sentence handed down by the Judge against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer is unjust and heavy handed. On Instagram, comedian Kevin Hart also showed support for Mill, saying Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers.