‘Love & Hip Hop’s’ Mendeecees Gets Jail Time

*Photo via Instagram

Your past has a way of catching up with you and Love & Hip Hop: New York star Mendeecees Harris is learning the hard way.

Harris, who married Yandi Smith earlier this year, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy that shipped large quantities of cocaine and heroin from downstate New York to the Rochester Region, reports Democrat & Chronicle.

Much of his legal troubles were documented in the popular VH1 reality series.

While being sentenced, Mendeecees shared his fatherless upbringing, which led to his journey into the world of drugs. A father of four, Harris apologized to Rochester and further expressed how becoming a father has made him lead a more positive and legit life.

He posted the below message to fans and supporters via Instagram:

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.

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Following the sentencing, his attorney shared with the Associated Press that the judge recognized Harris’ efforts to deter youth from going down the same path of crime.

Harris has been on $600,000 bail since April on an agreement that he would pay restitution with his earnings from Love & Hip Hop and paid appearances. In total, he agreed to forfeit, $282,000 which includes funds from the show and a 2011 Audi R8 sports car worth $111,000.