This season, after hearing Love and Hip Hop’s Mendeecees Harris communicate with his wife Yandy and children from behind prison walls, we anticipated that the father of four might get an early release and be able to reunite with his loved ones. Sadly, it looks like that’s not going down any time soon.
Today, a U.S. District judge refused Mendeecees’ request to have his federal drug trafficking sentence reduced from 8 years to 5 years. His lawyer, Dawn Florio, noted that a change in federal sentencing guidelines meant there might be an opportunity to reduce the original sentence given back in December 2015. Florio argued that the Harlem native’s role in the drug ring was only minor, and on top of that, Mendeecees has turned in over $170,000 in restitution and even met with youth organizations four times a week to pay back his debt to society.
That apparently wasn’t enough to sway the courts. Though this is certainly sad news for the Harris family, Mendeecees has accepted the consequences of his crimes and shared the lessons he’s learned along the way. “I completely accept responsibility for all that is going on. My transition to be a better person a productive person started well before this case. However in my past I made some bad decisions. Young men let my life be an example to you now before it’s too late,” Mendeecees said in a statement before turning himself in.
Watch Mendeecees say his final goodbyes in this tear-jerking clip from Love & Hip Hop.