DEATH Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris sat behind bars for more than three decades after being convicted of murder and attempted kidnapping in 1988.
The drug king pin had his sentence pardoned by President Trump on January 19, just one day shy from his presidential term coming to an end.
Who is Michael 'Harry-O' Harris?
Michael “Harry-O” Harris, 60, is a music executive who financed the record label known for signing 2pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg.
While serving prison terms totaling more than 40 years, he financed the start of Death Row Records in 1990s.
He reportedly gave a $1.5 million investment to the label’s co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight.
The label became an extremely successful business venture for both Harris and Knight, selling 18 million albums and earning more than $325 million during its first four years.
What did the Death Row Records boss do?
Harris was serving a prison sentence over drug trafficking and attempted murder charges at the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in California.
He was scheduled to be released from jail in October of 2028.
Harris’ attorneys had asked for a compassionate release from the prison -- which is rampant in coronavirus cases -- as they argued that his autoimmune disease would put him at a high risk for contracting the virus.
The release was denied by a judge.
Harris confessed to the Daily Mail that he was reforming himself while behind bars, saying: “Over 30 years ago, I was part of the problem. However, over the years I have repeatedly proven myself to be part of the solution.
Adding: “It’s about returning to society with my newfound vision, talents, and insights [and] giving back to the communities where my help is so desperately needed.”
When did Trump pardon Michael “Harry-O” Harris?
President Trump issued out over 100 pardons on his last day in office, January 19.
Harris’ close pal and rapper Snoop Dogg reportedly advocated for his release to the president along with ex-convicts Weldon Angelos and Alice Marie Johnson, both who were also pardoned by Trump.
Angelos addressed Harris’ pardon to AllHipHop and labeled it as a “corrected injustice,” saying: “This is definitely an injustice they corrected today. Out of all this drama going on with the White House, something good has come out of this.”
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Trump is also reportedly pardoning rapper Lil Wayne after the rapper pleaded guilty to possessing a gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019.
Additionally, rapper Kodak Black is rumored to be included in the list as well, who was sentenced to 48 months in prison on federal weapons charges in 2019.
Kodak Black tweeted that he would donate $1million to charity if Trump pardoned him, but has since deleted the post.