ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal prosecutor said in a document filed
today that The rapper T.I. -- who faces federal firearms charges --
has previously violated the law by possessing firearms and a
silencer while a convicted felon.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested on
October 13th in Atlanta. He was accused of trying to buy
unregistered machine guns and silencers. He is charged with
possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and
possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
The 27-year-old Harris was released on bond on October 26th and
is confined to his home in Henry County.
In a notice filed today in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, the
U.S. Attorney's office said it plans to introduce evidence of three
occasions when Harris unlawfully possessed guns, ammunition and a
silencer, "all after having been convicted of a felony offense.''
Harris' felony record began when he was 17, when he was arrested
for selling crack in northwest Atlanta. He was sentenced to seven
years' probation, which he violated and was eventually jailed for.