Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, was reportedly released from prison this evening. WAFB reported, "Angola State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain confirms the rapper, who is legally named Torrence Hatch, was released at 7:10 p.m. He was transferred to a sheriff's department facility in St. Francisville where family members were waiting for him."
Throughout his prison stay, there have been periodic rumors surrounding his release date, which was moved back at least once. His custody status still isn't entirely clear, though, because earlier today the rapper's release date was still listed as May 20 according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Atlantic Records told NOLA.com that Boosie would be out in time for a March 10 press conference in New Orleans. An Atlantic rep said, "He will absolutely be there. He'll be speaking to the press for the first time ... after his release."
Hatch initially went to prison in 2009 for a violation of probation and a third-offense marijuana charge. He was sentenced to four years, although in 2011 another eight years were added to the sentence when the rapper pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into the facility. In 2012 he narrowly escaped a much longer sentence when he was acquitted of murder charges.
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