Love & Hip Hop star Mendeecees Harris has been sentenced eight years in prison for drug trafficking.
Harris pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin and cocaine. Prosecutors said the 37-year-old New York City resident was involved in drug trafficking from 2005 until 2012, including from 2006 to 2008 when he was part of an operation that distributed drugs in the upstate city of Rochester, where he was prosecuted. With his wife, Yandy Smith, sitting in court, snuggling their 10-month-old daughter, Skylar, Harris apologized in court “for any trouble I have caused the city of Rochester.”
The sentence was the lowest possible term under a plea agreement that included a maximum prison sentence of just over 10 years. Harris’ attorney said the judge recognized the work Harris has been doing since his arrest to deter young people from crime.
Harris posted on Instagram,
“I want you all to understand something. I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on. My transition to be a better person a productive person started well before this case. However in my past I made some bad decisions. Young men let my life be an example to you now before it’s too late. Better who you are now in your children’s lives and in society so you can change the path of your fate. Lack of opportunities, a fatherless home, the unforgiven neighborhood and circumstances you grew up in can no longer be your excuse. Trust me I tried. And it doesn’t make the pain your family feels any different. Young man educate your self and break the cycle. Don’t become a number on the DOA (dead on arrival) list or on the incarceration list. To my wife and children you are all strong and well prepared for this. This is just another brick laid down towards our house of happily ever after , walk with your head held high knowing I would never past the buck and put another family through what we have endured. Continue to walk in faith and love as you’ve done so well. To my peoples thank you for all the encouragement and support please continue to encourage my family. Thank you again all.”
The possibility of a jail sentence has been well known in the community, attorney Donald Thompson said by phone after the sentencing, and he’s talked about that with kids who are coming up in difficult situations and have to make life choices, whether it’s a good idea to make a whole lot of money selling drugs or make less money and not have to be looking over your shoulder.
See his adorable family below,
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