Lil Durk dodged prison today when he pled guilty to gun charges. Instead of serving one year behind bars, the rapper was sentenced to probation plus an additional 50 hours of volunteer work by Judge Joseph Kazmierski who asked him to be “part of the cure of what’s going on” with Chicago’s violence.
Durk, whose real name is Durk Banks, was sentenced to 18 months of probation for an incident that occurred on April 10, 2013. According to prosecutors, Chicago police responded to a call early that morning after receiving a call about a person with a gun. The Chicago Tribune reports that upon arrival the cops saw banks toss a handgun through the open window of a stolen parked Hyundai Sonata and walked away quickly. At the time Banks was close to finishing his parole for a conviction of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
The “War Wit Us” MC is elated to have the case behind him. He told the Tribune: “The key word is I’ll be staying out of trouble. You can put a capital N – for never.”
His attorney, Sam Adam Jr., claims that he has already spent more than 150 hours volunteering for CureViolence at the University of Illinois at Chicago in addition to serving 43 day in jail for which he was given credit.
“This is a young man who completely has an opportunity to move forward in his life,” Adam said. “He has a big record contract, he is supporting his children, he’s with the child’s mother. This is a case that is the exception to the rule that you see at 26th Street.”