A Philadelphia judge is giving Robert Williams at least three months to earn back his status as rapper Meek Mill.

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday ordered Mill to serve 90 days of house arrest, effective March 1, for violating the terms of his parole in a 2009 drug and gun case. While the judge’s sentence keeps him out of jail, his career will remain on hold, as he won’t be able to return to rapping until June at the earliest.

Mill, 28, was found in violation of his parole in December. He blamed his erratic concert schedule, but Philadelphia prosecutors linked the problem to his romance with Nicki Minaj, who sat in the front row for Friday’s hearing.

Mill’s defense team again presented a parade of witnesses during a four-hour hearing prior to the sentencing who spoke of the more than two dozen community service events he has done around the city in recent weeks while awaiting his fate. Also in that time, Mill has hired a life coach, who told the judge on Friday that she is already seeing a change in the person she first met as an immature 18-year-old.

“I’m observing a completely different man … I firmly believe Mr. Williams wants to be right and do right,” said Dyana Williams, who has also worked with R&B singer Mary J. Blige and rapper T.I.

Others talked about their interactions with Mill, discussing his future plans, his desire to attend college, be a good father to his 3-year-old son and become a full-fledged music entrepreneur.

At times, the judge was conflicted about whether she was convinced of Mill’s progress, asking more than a couple of witnesses: “How many chances do you expect for me to give him?”

“I’m not sure that he’s turned the corner,” Brinkley said before sentencing Mill.

Before the judge issued his sentence, Mill – who has alternately complained about probation and credited the judge with helping him succeed – thanked her repeatedly for giving him a chance, regardless of her decision.

“I just want to ask you for a chance to turn that corner and be a changed man,” he said. “You said you saw something in me … I want to prove you right. I believe I can be the bright star you intended me to be.”

(Source – billboard.com)