T.I. Pleads Not Guilty To Weapons Charges
Rapper T.I. pleaded not guilty to a trio of illegal weapons charges today (Oct. 19) in Atlanta and was ordered to be held in custody for another week by a judge who said he would consider releasing hiRapper T.I. pleaded not guilty to a trio of illegal weapons charges today (Oct. 19) in Atlanta and was ordered to be held in custody for another week by a judge who said he would consider releasing him on bond.
Federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the rapper in Atlanta on Saturday, the day he was due to have appeared at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
They said the arrest came as he took delivery of three machine guns and two silencers that a bodyguard purchased on his behalf. T.I., born Clifford Harris, was convicted of a drug offense in 1998 and is prohibited from owning or buying firearms.
T.I.'s lawyers were seeking today to have him released on a $2.2 million bond and subject to electronic monitoring and home confinement. "I haven't decided that I am going to release him yet. What I am contemplating is looking at everything as a (bond) package," said Judge Alan Baverman.
"I am going to direct that he be detained subject to a continuation of this hearing," he said, referring to another court appearance for the rapper set for next Friday.
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