Beanie Sigel’s Probation Lengthened

Beanie Sigel’s Probation Lengthened

Prosecutors extended probation for Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel yesterday (Feb. 21), due to what a prosecutor deemed a “technical violation” of his supervised release on gun and drug charges, stemming from a police chase in April of 2003.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Sigel, 32, failed to inform his probation officer that he was recently stopped twice by Philadelphia police while in the company of convicted felons.

The rapper also tested positive for codeine and morphine in a Dec. drug test.

The offenses led U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick to extend the term of Sigel’s probation, set to finish this summer, until early next year.

Sigel was pulled over by Philadelphia police in April 2003 because his vehicle’s license plate was covered.

Soon after being stopped, Sigel sped off; inciting a chase where he threw a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol out of his car, which later, was found to be stolen.

After police ended the chase they discovered a variety of prescription drugs and a small bag of marijuana in Sigel's car.

Sigel was sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of $25,000 by Judge R. Barclay Surrick, who granted him some leniency for his “post-arrest rehabilitation” and charitable works in the urban community.

Because of his guilty plea to the charges Sigel originally faced a sentence of 37 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

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