Project Pat, whose real name is Patrick Houston was sentenced by a Federal Judge on Tuesday (June 11) to serve more than four years in prison on two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon, three years of supervised release following his confinement, a $75,000 fine and $200 in court costs. He faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Houston was convicted by a federal jury in Jackson, Tennessee, in March on charges stemming from a January 2001 incident when Memphis police pulled him over for speeding and found two revolvers under a seat in his. He was on parole for aggravated robbery at the time.
The rapper was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months of confinement and three years of supervised release for each count, but will serve them concurrently. He will be incarcerated in Mason, Tennessee.
Defense attorneys motioned to release Project Pat on bond pending their appeal, but were denied. They have 10 days to file an appeal in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The member of the Hypnotize Camp Posse, which also includes Three 6 Mafia, was first tried in January in Memphis, but the jury deadlocked and a second trial was scheduled in Jackson.
Despite spending most of 2001 behind bars for the parole violation, Project Pat managed to have a hit single with “Chickenhead” from his third album, Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin His next album, which addresses serving time on the song “County Jail,” is due in November.