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Atlanta rapper T.I. today pleaded guilty to three weapons charges in federal court in Atlanta.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., entered his plea shortly after 1:30 p.m. He pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally possessing machine guns and silencers, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

"While I'm not looking forward to being incarcerated, I have a long road of redemption to travel," Harris said, reading a statement outside the Atlanta federal courthouse shortly before 3 p.m. "I am dedicated and committed to that."

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell Jr. scheduled Harris' sentencing a year from now, on March 27, 2009. If Harris abides by the conditions set in his plea agreement, he will receive a prison sentence of one year plus one day. Because the sentence is longer than one year, Harris will be eligible to earn 15 percent time off for good behavior.

Harris also was fined $100,000.

Over the next year, Harris must perform at least 1,000 hours of community service, which includes speaking to "at-risk young people," promoting respect for law enforcement, and opposing violence, illegal and reckless use of firearms, illegal drugs and gang activity.

After the plea, U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Harris' agreement to speak to young people about the mistakes he has made should prevent and deter some from committing crimes and ruining their own lives.

This unusual type of outreach, Nahmias said, merits a sentence reduction for Harris, just as it would another defendant whose cooperation helps prosecutors obtain a conviction.

"We believe this resolution is in the public's interest," Nahmias said.

Harris did not make any statements during the hearing, offering only polite replies of "yes" and "no" to the judge's questions.

"Are you guilty of these charges?" Panell asked Harris.

"Yes, your Honor," said Harris, who donned a gray suit at the hearing.

If Harris does not abide by the terms of the plea agreement, Panell can sentence him up to 57 months in prison. In addition, Harris could face a sentence of up yo 97 months in prison if Panell finds that Harris has not accepted responsibility for his actions.

Harris was indicted in October on weapons charges that include illegally possessing three machine guns and two silencers and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Federal prosecutors and Harris' defense team had been engaged in intense plea negotiations the past several weeks.

Harris was arrested in a sting in a Midtown parking lot on Oct. 13 as he allegedly tried to buy the weapons just hours before he was to receive two top awards at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

Harris, one of the world's most popular rappers, is confined to his home under $3 million bond.

Harris and Atlantic Records provided the cash to cover two-thirds of the bond and the balance was secured by Harris' posh Clayton County property. He has been living there with his girlfriend and his children.

A federal magistrate recently gave Harris permission to attend Easter service. Harris and his family were among thousands who went to the Georgia Dome, where New Birth Missionary Baptist Church held its annual worship extravaganza.

Before his arrest in October, Harris had a litany of dealings with law enforcement dating back to 1997 that placed him either in jail or under arrest. These include a crack cocaine distribution conviction, giving false names to police, skipped court dates, probation violations and illegal weapons charges.

When he was arrested by federal agents, Harris was found with marijuana. He told agents the marijuana was his and that he smoked it to get ready for the BET awards show, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Alley said during an October bond hearing.

In an affidavit accompanying Harris' charges, Jason Stricklin, a Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives special agent, said one of Harris' bodyguards cooperated with authorities in the rapper's arrest. The bodyguard, whose name has not been disclosed, told agents he illegally bought nine firearms for Harris since he began working for him in July 2007. In these "straw" purchases, Harris fronted his bodyguard thousands of dollars for the weapons, the agent's affidavits said.

Because Harris was convicted of drug distribution in June 1998 in Cobb County, his felony record prevents him from legally making gun purchases himself.

On four different occasions, Stricklin's affidavit said, Harris gave his bodyguard cash to buy firearms. The bodyguard told authorities that in September he delivered a 9 mm pistol to Harris, who invited the bodyguard into his bedroom, where he saw a large walk-in safe that contained multiple short rifles, according to the affidavit.

In October, hours before the BET awards ceremony, the bodyguard met Harris at a pre-arranged meeting place in Midtown and handed over the three machine guns and two silencers, the affidavit said. At that time, the bodyguard was wearing a hidden wire and cooperating with federal agents.

When Harris was told about one of the silencers, he said, "no flash, no bang," and later asked for the "change leftover" from the $12,000 he had given the bodyguard for the weapons, the affidavit said.

Harris was then arrested, without incident, by federal agents in the Midtown parking lot.

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John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

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REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

?

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John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

?

I KNOW, YOUR IQ WON'T LET YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT CONTROL ISSUES ARE. SEE DOCTOR PHIL.;)

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REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

?

I KNOW, YOUR IQ WON'T LET YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT CONTROL ISSUES ARE. SEE DOCTOR PHIL.;)

Woooow!!! Nothing better to do with your life but talk trash on the internet!!!!!! Talk about control!!! HAHAHA!!! Im done!!

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John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

?

I KNOW, YOUR IQ WON'T LET YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT CONTROL ISSUES ARE. SEE DOCTOR PHIL.;)

Woooow!!! Nothing better to do with your life but talk trash on the internet!!!!!! Talk about control!!! HAHAHA!!! Im done!!

HAVE YOU FORGOT ALREADY? YOU STARTED TALKING TRASH TO ME BECAUSE I GAVE "MY" OPINION TO THE THREAD. YOU'VE GOT TO LEARN HOW TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE OPINION. I RESPECT YOURS.:)

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REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
John Speigner (3/27/2008)
REV.2000 (3/27/2008)
THANKS FOR WHAT SUPPORT? NOBODY CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS GUY, AT LEAST NOBODY THAT I KNOW.:angry:

Dude what is your problem. You always have something negative to say in every post. And turn your CapsLock off buddy!!!:D

I SEE YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL ISSUES.

?

I KNOW, YOUR IQ WON'T LET YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT CONTROL ISSUES ARE. SEE DOCTOR PHIL.;)

Woooow!!! Nothing better to do with your life but talk trash on the internet!!!!!! Talk about control!!! HAHAHA!!! Im done!!

HAVE YOU FORGOT ALREADY? YOU STARTED TALKING TRASH TO ME BECAUSE I GAVE "MY" OPINION TO THE THREAD. YOU'VE GOT TO LEARN HOW TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE OPINION. I RESPECT YOURS.:)

:laugh:
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To the guy sending words to REV.  Read what group he belongs to first. 

Also, since you bring that up.  T.I. is a convicted felon, and was on probation.  He had firearms that are not allowed.  He could have carried a .25, and got time.  He had the big guns, and will only serve a year? 

Vick was dog fighting, with a clean record, and got more time. 

"Aint that America"!

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Purple Label (3/27/2008)
To the guy sending words to REV. Read what group he belongs to first.

Also, since you bring that up. T.I. is a convicted felon, and was on probation. He had firearms that are not allowed. He could have carried a .25, and got time. He had the big guns, and will only serve a year?

Vick was dog fighting, with a clean record, and got more time.

"Aint that America"!

Man I caught a break you should be happy for me.
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TheTruth (3/27/2008)
Well hopefully T.I. will come out with a great album once he gets out of jail....because T.I. vs T.I.P. was not one of his best IMHO ;)
I will and yes that was your point of view but the sales don't lie.
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