Thanks to an Atlanta court’s ruling, rapper Gucci Mane will be released from a federal prison sooner than expected. According to TMZ, a judge ruled that nearly a year of Gucci’s sentence has been accredited as time served, so that time has been subtracted off the original 39-month punishment. At the time of sentencing, it was noted that Mane’s lawyers would argue that Gucci’s 39-month sentence should begin at the time of his September 2013 arrest and not the August 2014 sentencing, and the judge finally agreed. TMZ writes that Mane will now be released from prison in December 2016.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Mane’s reached a plea deal on firearm possession charges in order to avoid a possible 10-year sentence had the rapper gone to trial. As part of the plea deal, Gucci’s lawyers asked the court to also put Mane in a drug rehabilitation program as well as house him in a West Coast prison away from his native Atlanta, where the rapper has “negative influences.” Once Gucci is released from prison, his probation requires him to spend no more than one week per month outside the state of Georgia, which would severely hamper the “Icy” man’s future attempts to tour.
Gucci Mane isn’t allowing a little thing like incarceration stop him from making music, and the rapper has been pumping out records at an even more superhuman rate and volume than his usual prolificacy. In the past two months alone, Mane has released their digital albums — Trap House 4, The Oddfather, and Gucci Vs Guwop — in addition to a handful of mixtapes like Brick Factory Vol. 2, I Am Trap, and his upcoming Trap God 3.