Mr. State Property, Beanie Sigel will now be heading back to become exactly that, state property. The Roc-A-Fella rap artist admitted he violated his probation. Beanie served a year in prison for drug and weapons charges back in 2004 and was on supervised release. Authorities said he gave a fake urine sample to his probation officer on February 29th and five other times that month he tested positive for Xanax and Percoset. Judge R. Barclay Surrick sentenced him to three months in jail and an additional year of supervised release, which he will serve in a drug-treatement program.
Beanie's lawyer, Fortunato N. Perri Jr, requested that his client be able to get his affairs in order before turning himself in but the judge wasn't buying it, saying "I told you the last time if you didn't toe the line, jail was the only option," Surrick told Beanie. The judge also went on to say he had "been given the benefit of doubt" many times before. Beanie said he was an addict and suffered a relapse when he was sent to a halfway house in January.
Beanie blamed the relapse on financial pressure he is under as he is facing losing his home and being unable to travel outside the Phily area to perform, he can't earn touring money. The terms of his release said he couldn't leave the state. Beanie isn't having luck with record sales either, he says 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,"
continuing "I'm losing everything because of this situation." But he
did admit that his own actions had placed him in this situation.
The prosecution didn't buy that either, saying "Mr. Grant
is a big boy and he knows what the rules are. At some point, he has to
grow up." The judge didn't seem to worried either, saying "I've heard your explanation, but that does not excuse your conduct," he said. Sigel was immediately taken into custody following sentencing.