A Cook County juvenile court judge in Chicago jailed Chief Keef – a well-known Chicago rapper – on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times report. Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was put away for having violated his probation in a case involving a gun. He is in the Cook County’s juvenile court system because he is 17 years old.
Last January, the rapper was sentenced to 18 months of probation after he was convicted of pointing a gun at Chicago police officers. The charge was that an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Additionally, part of Keef’s probation included not being near guns of any type, and he broke that portion of his probation by doing a video interview during the summer of 2012 in which he was with Pitchfork at a New York shooting range. At that time, he was firing a semiautomatic rifle for 20 minutes.
Dennis Berkson, the attorney for Keef, argued that the interview did not violate the probation. He blamed Interscope, the record company that released Keef’s 2012 album “Finally Rich”, for setting up the interview. The juvenile court judge, Judge Carl Anthony Walker, however, disagreed. Walker said that the video interview clearly shows Keef’s disregard for the court’s authority and locked him up. The sentencing for Keef is scheduled for Thursday.