Star Asks Judge To Serve Time Closer To NYC
Love & Hip Hop New York’s Mendeecees Harris made a last ditch plea to serve his prison time closer to New York City as he prepares to surrender next week, BOSSIP can reveal.
Harris is supposed to turn himself on Jan. 19 to the Allenwood Low federal prison in Pennsylvania, but the reality star asked the court to let him serve his time closer to New York City, where his wife, Yandy Smith-Harris, and children live.
The Pennsylvania prison is nearly four hours away from New York, and Harris said he’d rather serve his eight-year sentence for drug trafficking at the Otisville federal prison, which is an hour and a half drive from the city.
Harris said it’d be easier for Smith-Harris and the couple’s three little kids to visit, especially since his baby daughter turns one Jan. 26.
But Judge Frank Geraci said the decision on where Harris serves his time wasn’t up to him, and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons would have the final say.
“The court recommends that the defendant Mendeecees Harris be placed by the Bureau of Prisons as close to New York City as possible,” Geraci wrote in court papers Jan. 11. “However, the ultimate decision is the Bureau of Prisons.”