Reality Star Wants To Leave Prison Early To Keep Kids Away From Drugs
“Love & Hip Hop New York” star Mendeecees Harris has pleaded with the court to reduce his eight-year prison sentence – for drug trafficking ring – so he can spread his anti-drug message to young kids.
Harris filed papers this week asking a judge to cut his sentence by three years and points out he’s accomplished a lot while behind bars.
Last year, Harris struck a plea deal in the criminal case accusing him of running a drug ring in upstate New York. The prosecutors accused the reality star of shipping more than $2.5 million dollars of heroin and cocaine for more than seven years.
The deal had Harris plead guilty to drug trafficking charges and was facing up to 10 years in prison and up to a $5 million dollar fine. He was also ordered to pay hand over all his “Love & Hip Hop” paychecks – which totaled more than $170,000 – his luxury car and all money he pulled in from personal appearances.
The prosecution said they believed a sentence of nine to t years was justified, but the judge came back and sentenced Harris to eight years and 1 month in prison plus five years of supervised release. The judge also threw him a bone and gave him 15 months credit for time already served behind bars.
Harris checked into prison to start his sentence in January of this year.
Then on October 31st, the reality star’s lawyer headed to court and filed a motion to reduce his prison sentence.
His lawyer explained that Harris, as a condition of his release on bail, used his celebrity status as a cast member of “Love & Hip Hop” to reach out young people and warn them of dangers of his old drug-running lifestyle through presentations to various community organizations, often two to four times a week.
The youth sent about 100 letters to him thanking him and relaying how inspirational his presentations were to them. His wife & co-star Yandy Smith and a federal agent appeared at his sentencing to speak on his behalf. They told the court about his four children that live with him and Yandy, complied with all of his pretrial supervision and was a positive role model in his community.