He was given a glimmer of hope in sentencing, which said with good behavior he could apply for a work-release program in one year.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was on probation stemming from a 1998 conviction for violating a state controlled substances act and for giving false information. After he was released, he violated parole in several Georgia counties, including possession of a firearm to possession of marijuana.
The sentence came as T.I. was starting to earn widespread recognition with his second album, "Trap Muzik," and its hit single, "Rubber Band Man."
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