South Side rapper Chief Keef was ordered held in custody today after a Cook County judge ruled that he violated his probation for a previous gun conviction.
Juvenile Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker’s decision to jail the 17-year-old rap sensation, whose real name is Keith Cozart, stems from an on-camera interview in June with Pitchfork Media that shows the rapper holding a rifle at a gun range in New York.
Walker ruled that by holding the firearm Chief Keef violated the terms of his 18-month probation, a sentence he was given for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer in 2011, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
His attorney Dennis Berkson argued Cozart fired a rifle on private property as part of a promotional video. He said that didn’t violate the spirit of the judge’s order.
But Walker said it was no different than if Cozart handled a gun in a home. In that situation, he would have violated Cozart’s parole, the judge said. Cozart, who was sentenced to 18 months probation in January 2012 for pointing a gun at Chicago cops, was handcuffed behind his back and taken out of the court Tuesday.
The rapper is scheduled to be sentenced before Walker on Thursday, said Conklin.
(Chicago Tribune, ABC)