Saturday, March 29, 2008

Beanie Sigel Sent Back to Jail

Beanie Sigel, who spent a year in jail for drug and weapons charges in 2004, was in federal court yesterday (March 28) for violating terms issued with his supervised release for a third time.

After submitting a false urine sample to probation officials on February 29th. As well as testing positive for controlled substances (including Xanax and Percocet) five times throughout the month; Sigel was sentenced to three months in prison with an additional year of supervised release.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Beanie Sigel (whose real name is Dwight Grant) was immediately taken into custody after being denied the opportunity to “self-surrender” when he got his personal affairs in order by U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick.

“I told you last time if you didn’t toe the line, jail was the only option,” Surrick said. “Mr. Grant is a big boy and he knows what the rules are. At some point, he has to grow up.”

Sigel explained that he was an addict and “had a relapse” that had been triggered by financial pressure which stemmed from him not being able to travel to perform at big-venue concerts (his main source of income), a condition that was received as Sigel was placed in a halfway house for violating parole [click to read...]

“I’m losing everything because of this situation,” Sigel said after admitting he had put himself there. Which garnished a response from Surrick: “I’ve heard your explanation, but that does not excuse your conduct.”

Surrick then questioned Sigel about income that he receives from record sales. Sigel explained that he only “gets 14 cents on the dollar for every CD that is sold, and that is only after the record companies get their money off the top.”

Beanie Sigel released his fourth studio album, The Solution, in December.