Mendeecees Harris is paying for his crimes.
Back in April, the Love & Hip Hop: New York star pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy. And on Tuesday, the TV personality was sentenced to eight years in prison for the role he played in the delivery of drugs like cocaine and heroin across The Empire State.
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During his hearing, the reality star apologized "for any trouble I have caused the city of Rochester." He also told the judge that he's working on being a better man, saying:
"Ever since (having children), I've been trying to right my wrongs."
At the sentencing, Mendeecees explained he had gotten into the drug business because he had been raised without a father in a troubled neighborhood.
But, the reality show's cast member took to Instagram that same day to say that's no excuse for what he's done, and to take full responsibility for his past mistakes, writing:
"I want you all to understand something. I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on. My transition to be a better person a productive person started well before this case. However in my past I made some bad decisions."
He also used the photo-sharing site to urge other men out there to avoid the rough road he had gone down, adding:
"Young men let my life be an example to you now before it's too late. Better who you are now in your children's lives and in society so you can change the path of your fate. Lack of opportunities, a fatherless home, the unforgiven neighborhood and circumstances you grew up in can no longer be your excuse. Trust me I tried. And it doesn't make the pain your family feels any different. Young man educate your self and break the cycle. Don't become a number on the DOA (dead on arrival) list or on the incarceration list."
Mendeecees also included a heartwarming message to his wife, co-star Yandy Smith, and his kids, saying:
"To my wife and children you are all strong and well prepared for this. This is just another brick laid down towards our house of happily ever after , walk with your head held high knowing I would never past the buck and put another family through what we have endured. Continue to walk in faith and love as you've done so well. To my peoples thank you for all the encouragement and support please continue to encourage my family. Thank you again all."
Fans of the popular program have seen the star's legal troubles play out on the screen, but it looks like his time on VH1 is coming to a close — at least until 2023, anyway.
[Image via Mendeecees Harris/Instagram.]
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