T.I. in court per www.ajc.com
Calling Inmate No. 59458019. Hello? Clifford J. Harris? T.I.? TIP? Whatever you call yourself, where are you?
Prosecutors, court personnel and onlookers were having thoughts of "Where in the world is the 'rubber-band man' at 1pm. That was the time in which T.I. was set to arrive for prison intake at the Forrest City low-security prison. A late move that may prove a bad decision by the rap star as there is already speculation that T.I.'s plea agreement may be affected due to his tardy arrival.
But no fear, T.I. arrived in a black conversion van with tinted windows - probably the last bit of privacy he will be experiencing for the next several months to a year.
About Forrest City Prison:
This low-security prison has double-bunked cells and a large fenced exercise yard, where inmates are clad in white jumpsuits.
Refresher as to what landed the Tipster in the clink:
Per www.ajc.com: T.I., 28, was arrested after trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007. That came after the his best friend was killed following a post-performance party in Cincinnati in 2006. T.I. has said the bullets that killed his friend were meant for him.
The self-proclaimed “King of the South” had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge in his three-count indictment. However, he reached a plea deal with prosecutors after spending time on house arrest before his sentencing and for speaking to community groups and high schools about the dangers of drugs, violence and guns.
This past Sunday, T.I. performed in Atlanta (see pic taken by Kat Gudoco below) and the concert-goers say they were pleased to hear him shout out that he'll see everyone in 366 days. While that may be true, there is also a possibility that T.I. can be released early for good behavior. Good behavior would shave about 15% of time off his sentence.
Concert Photo by Kat Goduco at last T.I. Concert in Atlanta