T.I. spent the last month of his prison sentence under house arrest but was still in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons. For the next 23 days, he will have to observe a curfew – home by 11 p.m. unless he has a concert, which pushes the deadline back two hours, according to his attorney, Steve Sadow.
“He’s been working,” Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He intends to continue working, which includes being in the [recording] studio and performing concerts.”
T.I. was arrested in Midtown Atlanta in October 2007, just a few blocks from the Atlanta Civic Center, where he was to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony later that evening. He had gone to a drug store parking lot to pick up three machine guns and two silencers his bodyguard had bought from an undercover agent.
T.I. pleaded guilty six months later to illegal possession of firearms and possession of a firearm by a felon; he was convicted of cocaine possession with intent to distribute in 1998 in Cobb County.
The day he was arrested, federal authorities found 24 handguns, machine guns and rifles in T.I.’s Range Rover and three machine guns at his house in College Park.
In addition to the prison time and the probation, T.I. was ordered to spend 1,500 hours talking to at-risk children and teens, including 1,000 hours due before prison. He was also fined $100,000.
He also participated in an MTV series, “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” where he mentored troubled youths and tried to get them to turn their lives around.