Lil Boosie Violates Probation, Judge Doubles His Original Sentence

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Vibe | November 10, 2009 - 7:56 am

Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie was handed down a steeper sentence on Monday (Nov. 9), after he failed to abide by a judge’s orders after being sentenced for a third-marijuana offense back in September.

According to local news station WAFB, district Court Judge Chip Moore violated the rapper (real name: Torrence Hatch) after he learned Boosie left his home while supposedly on house arrest.

His ankle monitor that kept tabs on him indicated he left his home restriction on more than one occasion. As a result, his original sentence was doubled.

When 26-year-old Boosie pleaded guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge in September, Judge Moore ordered him to be electronically monitored, but said he would clear his concert dates with the court while awaiting sentencing.

Under a plea deal, the judge was expected to sentence Hatch to 10 years in prison with all but the first two years suspended. Meaning that he would likely serve just one year in prison.

But now, because he has violated the post-plea terms, the judge sentenced him Monday to 10 years with all but the first four years suspended. Meaning, he’ll now serve two years, instead of just one.

“The max he would do is two years,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III told local ABC affiliate WBRZ News 2 after court.

Judge Moore told Hatch, “I really hope that you get it straight. …You have the ability to change people’s lives for the better, including your own.”

Additionally, Boosie will be on probation for five years after he is released from prison.

The rapper was arrested in October 2008, when police found a bag of marijuana, a blunt, and a gun in a vehicle he was driving. The marijuana charge was his third, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The weapons charge carries a mandatory minimum five-year term, but it will be dropped once he completes his prison term and probation.

The rapper recently released his second solo album, Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz, his first new album since 2006.

Boosie told MTV last month that once he is freed from prison, he’ll be dropping a new album, titled Free At Last.