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Rapper Lil Durk gets probation on gun charges, avoids more jail time

Lil Durk whose real name is Durk Banks.  He is signed Def Jam. |  Sun-Times File Photo

Lil Durk, whose real name is Durk Banks. He is signed to Def Jam. | Sun-Times File Photo

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Updated: August 5, 2014 1:59PM



Rapper Lil Durk will not serve any additional jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday to two weapons charges stemming from a 2013 arrest.

Durk D. Banks, 21, was arrested June 5, 2013, in the 7200 block of South Green Street after police responded to a report of a person with a gun and saw Banks with a handgun.

At the time, Banks, of Melrose Park, was less than a month away from completing his parole for a 2012 conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when he was arrested.

During a hearing Tuesday before Judge Joseph G. Kazmierski Jr., Banks pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of felony possession of a firearm, court records show.

He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service, records show. Kazmierski ordered Banks to serve the first 30 days of his probation in jail, but gave him credit for time he already had served, meaning Banks will not have to spend any more time behind bars.

Banks praised his legal team in a message posted to Twitter, saying “S/o Sam Adams JR great lawyer to have on your side il take probation anyday I don’t smoke or drink anyway.”

The Chicago-based rapper is signed to Def Jam Records, and is expected to release his debut album later this year.



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