The Illinois Department of Corrections may parole Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates had earlier been slated to be paroled by June 2018. It was changed to January 10, 2018 (six months earlier). Now, the famous prisoner’s release date has been further extended to January 10, 2019 (six months later).
Kevin Gates Serving 30 Months for Assaulting a Fan and Gun Possession
Born Kevin Gilyard, Gates is serving a 30-month prison sentence for gun possession and punching a fan at a concert. The rapper was first sentenced to six months in prison after punching a female fan in the chest during a live performance.
Gates claimed the fan had groped him as he performed. He completed the 180-day sentenced and then got an extended 30-month sentence when he was charged with gun possession later.
Kevin Gates Pens Open Letter to Fans
Aged 31, Gates wrote an open letter to his fans following his incarceration. The open letter is posted on his Instagram and reads:
“A great person is measured by all of the great tests they can undergo and still remain true to who they are. In the name of the most gracious most merciful: Dear loyal family, disallow yourselves to be troubled in my time of absence. All of the great ones who came before and will come after me have had to go through this.”
The open letter came after the video for his latest single titled What If.
Gates is held at the East Moline Correctional Center, Cook County, Illinois. Reasons for changing his parole date by six months remain unclear. But, he has managed to reel out a number of hits despite his turbulent musical career.
Fans continue to stand by him and show him love in spite of everything. He is grateful they got his back while he is away.