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    So Much for Being a Hero: T.I. Gets 11 Months in the Slammer

    T.I., Clifford Harris AP Photo/David Kohl

    Not even saving a life could save T.I. from more prison time.

    A federal judge this afternoon denied the rapper's request for clemency, opting to send him back to a federal lockup for violating his probation his last month.

    His sentence this time around? A whopping 11 months behind bars.

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    For those keeping count at home, that's four whole months longer than he was forced to serve the first time around, for his 2007 bust on federal weapons charges, but less than the two years prosecutors were seeking today.

    "Pls send prayers up 4 my husband & our family! & thx 2all that have been," his wife and fellow arrestee Tameka "Tiny" Cottle tweeted earlier. "I no whateva happens is God's will :)"

    The man born Clifford Harris Jr. found himself back in hot water last month, when he was busted in L.A. on suspicion of drug possession.

    In court this afternoon, T.I. asked the judge not to send him back to prison, admitting that he "screwed up" and asking, in lieu of prison time, to get some much-needed help for his drug addiction. Unfortunately for him, his plea for mercy fell on deaf—or maybe just fed-up—ears.

    The "Live Your Life" rapper left court surrounded by family and friends, and will voluntarily surrender to begin serving his time, though it was not immediately known when he would do so.

    Just yesterday, T.I. found himself defending his live-saving antics, talking a suicidal man down.

    During an appearance on CNN, the rapper was grilled over the timing—the rescue coming so close to his court date.

    "I didn't know this guy, I didn't wake up in the morning to say 'Hey let me find a way to go and save someone's life so I can be looked at favorably come Friday.' This is not something I could have planned," he said.

    "My situation never even became a thought in my mind in the process of dealing with this. It was just something that touched my heart."

    By the sounds of it, the judge wasn't as touched.

    (Originally published Oct. 15, 2010, at 1:58 p.m. PT)

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