HipHollywood can confirm that Love & Hip Hop NY’s Mendeecees Harris has been sentenced to eight years behind bars.
On Tuesday morning, a Rochester judge sentenced the reality star to 97-months in a federal prison in connection to a past federal drug trafficking crime.
Back in April, Harris pleaded guilty in exchange for an eight to ten year sentence and a $15,000 to $5 million fine. He was released on $600,000 bond and will now be heading back to prison for more time.
Harris’ lawyer, Donald Thompson, tells us that although the reality star was sentenced to eight years, he will not serve the full time “for many reasons.”
Following the ruling, Mendeecees shared a lengthy message on Instagram accepting responsibility for his actions.
“I want you all to understand something. I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on. My transition to be a better person a productive person started well before this case. However in my past I made some bad decisions. Young men let my life be an example to you now before it’s too late,” he wrote.
“Better who you are now in your children’s lives and in society so you can change the path of your fate. Lack of opportunities, a fatherless home, the unforgiven neighborhood and circumstances you grew up in can no longer be your excuse. Trust me I tried. And it doesn’t make the pain your family feels any different.”
He continued, “Young man educate your self and break the cycle. Don’t become a number on the DOA (dead on arrival) list or on the incarceration list. To my wife and children you are all strong and well prepared for this.”
Harris concluded, “This is just another brick laid down towards our house of happily ever after , walk with your head held high knowing I would never past the buck and put another family through what we have endured. Continue to walk in faith and love as you’ve done so well. To my peoples thank you for all the encouragement and support please continue to encourage my family. Thank you again all.”
Harris recently welcomed his second child with wife, Yandy Smith, who he also tied the knot with over Memorial Day Weekend. The entire wedding was chronicled on VH1, the same network where fans have seen the family’s drama, including his anticipated incarceration.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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