Hip-hop superstar T.I. was officially released from a federal prison in Arkansas on Tuesday, December 22, after serving only seven months of his one-year sentence for a felony weapons conviction.

According to media reports, the self-proclaimed “King of the South” was on his way to a halfway house in his native Atlanta for the remainder of his sentence. The 29-year-old rapper, who faced up to 10 years, was sentenced to 366 days in prison after he was busted in 2007 for using one of his bodyguards to buy unregistered guns from an undercover agent.

Earlier this year the rapper, born Clifford Harris Jr., pleaded guilty to several federal weapons violations and was sentenced to a year in prison as part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors. He was also ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service prior to his jail time and pay a $100,000 fine.

As a convicted felon, T.I., who has had some 32 past arrests for weapons violations and a conviction for dealing crack cocaine, is prohibited from purchasing or carrying a firearm. According to his lawyer Steve Sadow, the rapper must complete an additional 500 hours of community service and 23 days of home incarceration after his stay at the halfway house.

Check back with Trace for more details about T.I.’s release.

Written by Valerie Varasse

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