Robert Rihmeek Williams, known by his stage name Meek Mill, spoke with NBC’s Lester Holt in his first interview since returning to prison. The Philadelphia native was sentenced to two to four years in November following two violations to a roughly decade long probation.
In 2008 Mill was arrested for drug and gun charges. He was sentenced to several months in jail but was released with five years parole.
Mill violated his probation a few times by failing to inform the judge presiding over his case of his travel plans and went back to jail. Once released, Meek’s probation was reinstated.
As aforementioned, Mill recently violated his probation twice. In 2017 he was arrested for being involved in an altercation and for reckless endangerment (popping wheelies on a dirt bike sans helmet).
Mill’s cased has sparked a national outcry for reform to the United States’ criminal justice system. Mill’s fans, prominent supporters and entertaining peers have banded together calling for his release. Everyday there’s someone saying #FreeMill.
His list of supporters also includes New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft who visited Mill on Tuesday. Kraft echoed Mill’s supporters saying reform needs to occur.
In Mill’s conversation with Holt, he says he knew in the back of his mind ten years of probation would bring him back to prison. He also said he believes that God has given him a job of helping minorities that come from situations like his.
Watch Holt’s interview with Mill below:
WATCH: Rapper Meek Mill was jailed for violating probation in a case that has received national attention and calls for criminal justice reform.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 12, 2018
Hopefully the new information covered in Holt’s piece places Mill one step closer to being released.
Meek Mill’s next hearing is Monday, April 16th.