ATLANTA(AP) Rapper T.I. pleaded guilty Thursday to federal weapons possession charges, and will receive a sentence that includes prison time after he completes a period of community service.
In the year that he is awaiting sentencing, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, must complete at least 1,000 hours of a total 1,500 hours of community service, talking to youth groups about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs.
Officials said after completing the community service he will be sentenced to serve about 12 months in prison.
His prison time could be increased or reduced, depending on his fulfillment of the terms of the deal and good behavior, they said.
The rapper, dressed in a gray business suit, told the judge he understands the terms of the agreement.
He pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of machine guns and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Harris was arrested Oct. 13, just blocks away and hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.
He was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers, as well as possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.
Harris was allegedly trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He initially pleaded not guilty, and has been under house arrest since he was released on $3 million bond on Oct. 26.
Harris is co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records and is one of Atlantic Records' most successful artists.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. must approve the deal.