Rapper Keith Cozart, better known as Chief Keef, was arrested blocks from the Skokie Courthouse only minutes after he pleaded guilty to speeding 110 mph on the Edens Expressway last month.
Cozart was blocks from the courthouse when he was arrested by Chicago police officers and charged with a misdemeanor tresspassing charge, officials said.
Grand Crossing District tactical unit officers arrested the rapper at 12:25 p.m. in connection with the misdemeanor charge, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.
The charge stems from a complaint made by a security guard from the Parkway Gardens housing complex on May 16 at 8:46 p.m. about the rapper being on the property, located in the 6300 block of South King Drive in the Woodlawn community, Zala said. The security guard told the rapper numerous times to leave the property because he wasn’t allowed to be there, but Cozart refused, Zala said. Another police official said the rapper used to live at that location.
Leah Starkman, Cozart’s lawyer, said he was arrested after his court hearing. Starkman said he was processed at the Grand Crossing District station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave., on Chicago’s South Side.
She said she believes police were waiting for him to leave the Skokie courthouse.
The 17-year-old rapper who has been arrested several times recently had pleaded guilty this morning to speeding and was later scolded by the judge who ordered him not to drive.
“You think you’re invincible, and you’re certainly not,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge Earl Hoffenberg. “Violate (conditions of the plea agreement) and you’ll find out you’re not. … I sure hope I don’t see you again, because if I do you better be ready to go to jail.”
Under sentencing guidelines for the Class A misdemeanor, Cozart could have been sentenced to a year in prison and fined up to $2,500. But the judge fined him $531, put him on probation for 18 months, ordered him perform 60 hours community service, and undergo random drug testing. He must also complete eight hours of traffic school.
Dressed in a black T-shirt, plaid shorts, sneakers, and wearing a gold chain, Cozart made no comment in court.
“If I were you, I wouldn’t take this deal if you can’t follow these conditions,” Hoffenberg said.
“I’m really not sympathetic to people who don’t listen to me,” the judge added.