According to Idris "Peeda Pan" Abdul Wahid, a member of the rapper's management team, Keith Cozart (a.k.a. Chief Keef) was sentenced today to two months at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, Illinois. He began serving his time immediately after sentencing this afternoon.
Said Peeda: "I think that overall we would have preferred for him not to have to sit down for a single day. Overall, I think it's the best decision to satisfy everybody. The City of Chicago got what they want... We done been to hell and back already, so shit ain't nothing."
Although Keef was hit with a lawsuit for failing to show for a scheduled December performance in the UK, Peeda said that promoters had all been alerted to his status. "Most of the promoters in shows we were committed to were already aware this might happen. All of those shows will be rescheduled for a later time. We have a GBE album that's going to be dropping featuring everybody on the roster... Regardless of whether he was going in or not, that was the gameplan anyway. Extending their careers as well."
The rapper was convicted of a parole violation on Tuesday, after he was filmed holding a rifle at a gun range during an interview on July 2, 2012 with Pitchfork.tv. Handling firearms was a violation of his probation.
Pitchfork retracted the video September 6, after the shooting death of rapper JoJo. "The horror of the gun violence that has plagued our hometown is something we all take very seriously. Many people have pointed out that this episode could be seen as trivializing gun violence, and we feel they have a good point," said Pitchfork.com editor Mark Richardson.
4:03 PM: The Chicago Sun-Times is now reporting the news. They give color to the scene in the courtroom:
The rapper pleaded with Judge Carl Anthony Walker not to sentence him to juvenile detention, breaking down into tears several times, but the judge said he could not tolerate the teen’s “ blatant violations of the court’s order.
The end of the report cites a nameless figure from Keef's management who promised the release of new music on "Thursday."
4:24 PM: Peeda Pan on the report that Keef was crying in the courtroom: "Not True." Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber also claims that his source says Keef was not crying.
Hyperlocal news outfit DNA Info adds:
In their report, they explain:
"I beg you please," Chief Keef told Juvenile Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker. "Give me one more chance to show you. .. I am a very good hearted person. I have not picked up any more cases... That's not my life anymore."
They also mention that his lyrics were read aloud in the courtroom:
Before being sentenced, prosecutors read lyrics from Chief Keef's "Love Sosa" rap on his "Finally Rich" album, which debuted last month to strong sales. Prosecutors pointed to lyrics that mentioned gangs and guns, a sign that the teen was unrepentant. Chief Keef, in addressing the judge, called the lyrics [of his music] "bull stuff."