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Chief Keef Sentenced To 60 Days In Juvenile Detention

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 17, 2013 11:30PM

Keith Cozart, aka Chief Keef
Rapper Chief Keef, 17, has been sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention for probation violation related to a video filmed by Pitchfork in which the teen appeared at a gun range.

Earlier this week, a judge ordered Keef, real name Keith Cozart, be taken into custody saying that the video showed "willful disregard" of the court. The judge said the visit to a gun range, in which Keef is depicted loading and firing a semi-automatic Rugar rifle, was the same as if Keef had kept a gun in his home. Defense attorneys argued that it was a promotional stunt on private property.

According to the Sun-Times, a "tearful" Keef asked the judge for mercy today:

The rapper pleaded with Judge Carl Anthony Walker not to sentence him to juvenile detention, breaking down into tears several times, but the judge said he could not tolerate the teen’s “ blatant violations of the court’s order.”

In today's sentencing hearing, prosecutors argued that Keef is a gangmember and read lyrics from his "Love Sosa" rap from Finally Rich that referenced gangs and guns. DNAinfo writes:

Prosecutors said in court that Chief Keef is a member of a faction of the Black Disciples street gang known as "Lamron" — which is Normal spelled backward. Authorities say it's a gang reference to Normal Boulevard in Chief Keef's old Englewood neighborhood.

Keef said the lyrics are "bull stuff," and outside the court his mother said, "He's just rapping about what he lives next to."

In the meantime, a member of Keef's management team Idris "Peeda Pan" Abdul Wahid told Complex a planned tour would go one without Keef and there will be a new single out on Thursday.

"I think that overall we would have preferred for him not to have to sit down for a single day," said Wahid. "Overall, I think it's the best decision to satisfy everybody. The City of Chicago got what they want... We done been to hell and back already, so shit ain't nothing."