Mendeecees Harris, star of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” has been sentenced to 97 months — a little more than 8 years — in prison for drug trafficking. After a drawn-out federal case, Harris was sentenced in Rochester Tuesday after pleading guilty to the charges in April.
Harris was a recurring figure on the reality show while he was free on a $600,000 bail agreement, which included his earnings from “Love and Hip Hop” as well as paid public appearance fees that were to be turned over to the federal government.
Both Harris and his wife Yandy Smith-Harris, who is a main cast member of “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” have spoken out on social media since the news broke. The reality show recently welcomed cast member Remy Ma after a six-year stint in the penitentiary for assault.
“I want you all to understand something. 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,” Harris states in an Instagram post.
“Thank you for your continued support,” Smith-Harris writes. “You have no idea how much your love and encouragement means. We finally have closure and are prepared and ready for all the future holds.”
I want you all to understand something. 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. Better who you are now in your children's lives and in society so you can change the path of your fate. Lack of opportunities, a fatherless home, the unforgiven neighborhood and circumstances you grew up in can no longer be your excuse. Trust me I tried. And it doesn't make the pain your family feels any different. Young man educate your self and break the cycle. Don't become a number on the DOA (dead on arrival) list or on the incarceration list. To my wife and children you are all strong and well prepared for this. This is just another brick laid down towards our house of happily ever after , walk with your head held high knowing I would never past the buck and put another family through what we have endured. Continue to walk in faith and love as you've done so well. To my peoples thank you for all the encouragement and support please continue to encourage my family. Thank you again all.
Thank you for your continued support. You have no idea how much your love and encouragement means. We finally have closure and are prepared and ready for all the future holds. God and love always prevails. Thank you God for family and love. 😇✊🏽 (I consider some of you I never met family😊) #resolved #prayedup #blessed Repost @yandeecees with @repostapp. ・・・ 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 @yandysmith @mendeecees
“Love & Hip Hop: New York” returns Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. PT/ET on VH1.