Judge Issues Decision On Appeal From "Love & Hip Hop" Star Mendeecess Harris To Reduce His 8-Year Prison Sentence

February 18, 2018 8:21 AM

Elliah Dash-Stell

Feature Writer

According to theJasmineBRAND.com, Mendeecees Harris has just been hit with a major legal set-back.

The appeal court came back with their decision on February 13th and dismissed his appeal, denying his attempt to reduce his prison sentence

"We have considered the remainder of Harris’s arguments and find them to be without merit. Accordingly, the order of the district court hereby is AFFIRMED. Each side to bear its own costs."

Mendeecees, who is married to fellow “Love & Hip Hop” co-star Yandy Smith struck a plea deal in the criminal case accusing him of running a drug ring in NY. The prosecutors accused him of shipping more than $2.5 million dollars of heroin and cocaine to New York for over a seven-year period.

The deal meant Mendeecees plead guilty to drug trafficking charges; he was facing up to 10 years in prison and up to a $5 million dollar fine. He was also ordered to submit all his Love & Hip Hop paychecks, luxury car and money he received from personal appearances. The prosecution stated that they believed a sentence of 108-121 months (9-10 years) was justified. 

The judge sentenced him to 8 years and 1 month in prison, in addition to five years supervised release. The judge also gave him 15 months credit for time already served behind bars.

Last October, his lawyer tried to reduce his eight plus prison sentence. She noted that as a condition of his release on bail, he forfeited all income he earned (totaling $170,755.20) and used his celebrity status to reach young people and impose upon them the dangers of the kind of activities he engaged in , by way of presentations to various community organizations, often 2-4 times a week.

The kids sent about 100 letters to him thanking him and detailing how inspirational his presentations were to them. Yandy and a Federal Agent appeared during his sentencing to speak on his behalf. They told the court about his four children that live with him and Yandy, complied with all of his pretrial supervision and explained that he was a positive role model in his community.

His lawyer said that, once he is released from prison, the court already ordered he must continue speaking to community groups about his experience and to encourage young people to follow a different course of action.

She pointed out that he voluntarily surrendered to the Department of Bureau of Prisons, he has employment waiting for him when he is released, had no disciplinary issues during his incarceration and successfully participated in programs available in prison including courses on financial management, adult continuing education, public speaking, restaurant management, health and nutrition courses. Plus, he is enrolled in the residential drug addiction program.

The prosecutors in the case demanded the judge deny his request for a reduced sentence, insisting that there is no justification for such a reduction. They also pointed out that the Presentence Report makes it clear he had distributed multiple kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin over a period of years.  
Furthermore, they said his plea agreement should be considered generous in its agreement not to apply an increase to the years recommended for his crimes.

Bad news for #lhhny #Mendeecees and #Yandy. The court of appeals denied his lawyer’s request to reduce his 8 year sentence. Mendeecees plead guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy that transported drugs from New York City to Rochester Ny. He was sentenced in Dec of 2015. •• 📸 Getty Image •• @supacindy #therickeysmileymorningshow

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