Sigel Gets Day In Jail On Probation Violation
Beanie Sigel was found guilty Wednesday of a second probation violation for taking a trip to Atlantic City, N.J., and for being in contact with a convicted felon.Beanie Sigel was found guilty Wednesday of a second probation violation for taking a trip to Atlantic City, N.J., and for being in contact with a convicted felon.
U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered the rapper to serve one day in federal prison and extended his probation -- which was slated to end next month -- by 18 months.
The first six months are to be served in a halfway house, meaning that Sigel will be unable to travel to promote his latest Roc-A-Fella album, "The Solution."
The 33-year-old rapper (real name: Dwight Grant) has been involved in a series of legal problems in recent years but told the judge he is not the person he used to be. "I'm human, but I'm working on my mistakes," he told Surrick.
Last month, Sigel joined fellow Philadelphia native Bill Cosby to lead an anti-violence march decrying the city's rising gun violence. He also spoke to a high school in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood about staying in school and making good life choices.
Surrick acknowledged that Sigel has made some positive contributions but said his actions must have consequences. "If they're looking at you as a role model, you've got to do the right thing," Surrick said.
The judge could have sent Sigel back to prison for three to nine months.
Sigel spent a year in federal prison on a gun charge, then was acquitted of attempted murder in September 2005, a month after being released. He was briefly jailed in late 2005 for failing to pay $27,000 in child support. The following year, he told police he was shot by men who surrounded him and stole his cash and jewelry.
In 2007, a federal judge extended Sigel's supervised release amid allegations that he violated parole.
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