Lyfe Jennings Emotional In Court During Apology Before Sentencing

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 09/24/10

Lyfe JenningsVideo of Lyfe Jennings' final moments of freedom was published by local Atlanta news station WSBTV on Thursday (September 23), showing the singer emotionally apologizing in front of a judge, before being handed down a 3 1/2 year prison sentence.

"I did it... I know I gotta be punished for it and I just wanted the opportunity to apologize and that's it," Jennings said in the news clip.

Lyfe Jennings (real name: Chester J. Jennings) was arrested back in October 2008 after he took Cobb County police on a high speed chase following a domestic altercation with the mother of his two children.

The argument escalated into an incident that saw Jennings firing shots from a .40 caliber gun right before hopping in his Corvette in an attempt to evade arrest. Lyfe led cops on a high-speed car chase in Smyrna, Georgia which ended after he crashed into a tree.

He was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, discharging a firearm near a public highway, and refusal to take a DUI test, in addition to two felony counts of attempting to elude an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

In court on Thursday, friends and family spoke to the courtroom, asking that Jennings be given the minimum sentence because of his previous work with prisoners and young people.

"He is much more valuable out, engaging young people doing the work that he's doing," friend Jeffrey Johnson told the courtroom.

His attorneys asked for a one year sentence, but the judge gave him 3 1/2 years.

Also, at the time of sentencing, Jennings' legal team asked that he be allowed to spend some time with his children before being carted to jail, but the request was denied.

Jennings has begun serving his sentence immediately.

  • http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=White+Girl+-+Young+Jeezy&aq=f singwinit

    (TEARS) What The F%$k!

  • jackpot4830

    Lucky he didn't get LYFE hahahahaha

  • jackpot4830

    props though, he took like a man

  • b.k. da wrestler

    F*** Yo Tears,U Shound of thought bout it b4 u make a mistakes.so this is wait u get (sorry)

  • R.BLADE

    What's good Lyfe??? What were you thinkin? I am a underground Rap artist. I mean if your baby mom's get's you that upset than you should have left the crib. As far as you fleeing away from the police and firing shots @ them is totally wrong. It's a good thing you didn't get killed.God_bless you brother and keep ya head up...

  • A. Woods

    U fit alot of the stats in UR own song LOL

  • Ccfocused

    Fact: Did Lyfe mess up? Yes. Did he deserve yp serve time for making bad decisions? Yes. Now, at the yipe age of 37, can he serve his time and return he pick up where he left off? Yes. Personally, I am moved from whence he came; he overcame a 10-year beat down. Personally - I am pulling for this guy. We need him back, back in the limelight promoting lessons learned to those that want to listen. Stay strong Lyfe!

  • Ccfocused

    Actually, I am so convinced on what I said before, I'd like to be the first to say let's start a petition to "Get Lfye Pardoned'. If you would like to support this cause, please let me know.

  • khadejah brown

    Keep your head up lyfe. I love your music and would love to hear more...

  • G- Run.

    Seriously..? He was denied 1 year why?, And i completely agree, He's worth so much more out than in. He has personally inspired me to do something with my life and its ashame shit like this happens, hopefully he can use it for even more inspiration & music. Look forward to seeing what his future holds or him, Lyfe 4 Life.

  • nikisha fuller

    We all have done things that r not right but when you have people who r trying they deserve a second chance and I hope lyfe dose not let this keep him down im praying 4 u

  • Evette

    Lyfe- Chester Jennings is human, like all of us he does make mistakes. We are not perfect and we can not judge him. Sometimes people make mistakes after mistakes. This doesn't meann that he is a bad person. Yes he does send positive messages for us females and I love him for that. I did get upset that he ended up serving time again but that's what he needs to deal with not us. I am pretty sure that he will learn his lesson this time around but to all the people that are hating on him....GROW UP!! You are not perfect so who are YOU to JUDGE? ONLY ONE IS PERFECT AND THAT ONE PERSON IS GOD!!! GOD DOES NOT JUDGE PEOPLE AND YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE PEOPLE EITHER!!!

  • Original DfDubb

    I'm not one to judge, but when you let off shots in public & fly your corvette through the streets wrecklessly you are putting families in harms way and as a man I can't respect that. Everybody has nights they wish they could take back.

  • Amatur Rahman

    Keep your head up Lyfe. Im praying for you and NOT TO JESUS. Im praying to THE ONE who created Jesus and all of us. I know its crazy how you get years when white entertainers stay in trouble with the law and constantly violate their probation then do a little bit of time and get probation. Keep Your Head Up Brother, I Feel For You. May Allah let you out sooner than you think and May HE make it easy for you ameen. SMH at the lost disgraceful people making rude comments.

  • mzb

    i love lyfe i dont care what anyone has to say 3 1/2 years is too much. and he should have got the chance to see his children. lyfe is the best artist ever. anyone that thinks different can kill they self lol

  • http://www.BlackVanMusic.com Black Boater

    I been a Lyfe fan but lets be serious..
    "a petition to pardon Lyfe"
    c'mon son!?!?!
    #1 the nigga a felon and aint pose'ta
    have no firearm in the first place(lucky he didnt get a nickel for that alone)
    #2 discharged a firearm in a residential area/school zone outside a house with a unarmed woman & children inside(how many kids get shot by accident daily fuckin around like that?)
    #3 the nigga got 3 1/2 outta 5 year sentence and probably only gonna serve 2 and be in a luxury halfway house gettin head from the biggest booty ATL bitches down there, watchin flatscreens wit a cool ass P.O. that lets the nigga tour..
    QUIT CRYIN NIGGA!!!
    free Prodigy

  • lyfe for lyfe

    "hold on lets do this right, first this one's for all the fella's that ain't here with us tonight".

    Really sad to hear, but you know what this may be the begining of more tunes that speak from the heart and mean a lot to many different people for many different reasons !!!

    this man has a gift, which, in my belief was at it's best when he was locked up, so who know's, this may be the thing he needed to get him back on track.

    SAD BUT TRUE !!!

  • Baby Dame

    I'm sorry but If I did what he did, I would have got 15 years minimum. The nigga busted his gun at his baby mama's house, which could have killed her or the babies, then tried to out run the law at 90mph? Money and fame saved this nigga on some real shit. I got homies that are doing more time for lessor charges on a first time offense. He traumatized that women, the kids, and the police.

  • Jade

    I just don't like how they talked about him "not doing what he preached", talking about how his music is positive but he pretty much is not. If anyone really listens to his music then you will hear him constantly say he tries but isn't perfect & still makes mistakes.

  • http://www.BlackVanMusic.com Black Boater

    @Baby Dame
    WORD!!!!!!

  • Original DfDubb

    *** PLEASE DELETE EVERY POST EXCEPT 'BLACK BOATER'S'*** HE SEEMS TO BE ONE OF THE ONLY POSTERS ON HERE THAT IS 18+ YRS OF AGE and/or WITH A HIGHSCHOOL EDUCATION!!! If this were a white pop singer facing the same charges you kats wouldn't be talkin about freeing shyt.

  • http://iamsoze.blogspot.com/ VENGEANCE IS MINE!!!!

    F**K THAT:::THERE'S ALWAYZ SUM DRAMA GOIN DOWN CUZ OF SUM SIMPLE AZZ BABY MOMMA... N*GGAZ NEED TO STOP PUTTIN THEM SELVES IN TO A POSITION WHERE THEY ALWAYZ END UP GETTIN F*CKED... NOW SHE'S THA VICTIM??? GET THA F*CK OUTTA HEAH... THIS IS THA SAME OL' TIRED STORY::: EVEN THOUGH HE IN JAIL YA KNOW SHE GON EXPECT HER CHILD SUPPORT MONEY!!!!

  • agyei carter

    Lyfe I love your music man, life sometimes throw us cruve balls at times but keep your head up bruh and stay strong.

  • IOWNMYMASTERS

    NEVER FAILS. BITCHES RUIN NIGGAZ LIVES DAILY, BUT THE TRICK IS TO NOT LET THEM HOES BREAK YOU DOWN SO BAD THAT YOU GOTTA SLAP THEY STUPID ASS. THE BEST THANG YOU CAN DO TO AN UNRULY BITCH IS TO LEAVE HER TRFLIN ASS ALONE. SHE WILL BECOME CONFUSED BY YOUR MOVE THE BITCH MIGHT SLICE HER OWN WRIST AND THERE YOU GO...YOU WIN. BUT NAH, NIGGAZ LET THESE 3RD GRADE THINKING HOES MESS THEY WORLD UP OVER SOME STANK TUNA PUSSY. BOY STOP!

  • Bobby

    Damn. Now he's gonna get assraped again and some thug niggas gonna be bangin' his baby mamma for three years straight. Keep yo' head up, whodie.

  • annettenellum

    hang in there lyfe......just one thing2 say no u have kidz by this woman u dont need her ur a wonderful person do it4 them there getting older they need there father just b apart of there lives n let ur bm do her ur to good4 that!!!

  • angie malone

    I'm so hurt about what happen.i mean lyfe jenning has change my whole life,i think that if my sister did'nt tell me about his story then i will be still in the streets.so i want to say to chester jennings and family that god's plans has been done and everything is happen according to his will.to lyfe i know it's a battle field but like u say a,yo,u.when you do posative things posative result got to follow.my last speech to you is that you have change my life for real and im one of your biggest fans thank you lyfe for giving not only myself the word but my heart,body,mind,and spirit your grace and blessings.dont give up god got some amazing stuff for you it might be delayed but its not decline.god bless you.love always angie malone from memphis tn

  • angie malone

    Chester Jennings do not worry about what people say,God has plans for you everything happens for a reason.It might be your nerves but its not your way of letting the devil in your life.To everybody else worry about your own life cause you only get one.let god handle him.because know one is powerful to do it but him.GOD BLESS EVERY ONE.

  • Princess

    It's cool, dude will be out in a year and a half dropping another hot track,I love Lyfe, and we all make mistakes, he was right he baby moms trying to kill him (j/k), but seriously he served 10 years, this time isn't nothing but more material for good music, Love you Lyfe.

  • http://Gravatar.com Beautyqueen

    LYFE, YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS...I KNOW WE ARE NOT PERFECT, SO WE ARE SOMETIMES BOUND TO GET WEAK AND DO FOOLISH THINGS AT TIMES;THAT IS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN. ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT GOD KNOW OUR HEART;CAUSE HE'S THE REAL JUDGE...STAY STRONG AND CONTINUE TO BELIEVE...

  • Chris

    I miss you Lyfe Jennings.

  • guessing

    his second chance was when he was released after already serving a sentence. he knew he messed up and is accepting responsibility for his actions. That's what grown folk are supposed to do.

  • Lslatanya

    lyfe baby i still believe in you even if no-one else does, you still is my #1

  • Mallen32001

    This some bull shot I wish I had his address I would write his every week if anyone can get the address hit me up....

  • Mallen32001

    This some bull shot I wish I had his address I would write his every week if anyone can get the address hit me up....

  • Carmelk29

    i'm letting you know i'm down for it because everybody takes a wrong turn. i know because i have and all i need to keep a clear head and it helpd me so much to know i had support from my loved ones. they let me know they were there for me and with me and they stuck in there with me. i feel like we need to do the same for him.

  • dee lashay

    -! ayee nah it takes a real man to cry in front of people that's the ones thats not afraid of nothinq but keep yo head up lyfe !!

  • Lynndale80

    I am a Lyfe Jennings fan for life!!!!! Sorry to hear that he has to do three years but hold your head up it will be over soon. And when you do get out you will have that fire hot album. I will buy the cd as soon as it hit the stores.

  • Hope

    Obedience is better than sacrifice....Lyfe I met you at one of your concerts and felt the anoiting of God on you. You're a preacher not a performer. And I think you understand what I'm saying. In your lyrics God had given you great inside, you can't run anymore..Stay lifted.

  • Meagancotter

    In all honesty, it WOULD have been nice if he was able to get off with 1 year. However, 3 1/2 years isn't that bad, either. You have to think about it: he's a convicted felon with a firearm. PLUS he was shooting at the police and leading them on a pursuit. I grew up in the hood... and I have a very ghetto family. So... I'm familiar with the kind of consequences these actions have considering his felon status (not to mention: even T.I was looking at 10+ years for having firearms and being a convicted felon). So, Lyfe got off pretty easy. Believe it or not. Personally, I really am pulling and praying for Lyfe. He's a very talented man; and I really hope this last album wasn't really his last. God gave him a gift. And God (as well as people that believe in him), expect for him to use it. The whole thing with his BM is unfortunate. But, Lyfe just needs to understand: love is a muh f*cka. I can't deny that. But if you happen to be in love with someone that's bringing out the worst in you... Then that's probably not who you need to be with. He needs to let Joy go- and do him. As my mama taught me growing up: "... Never make someone a priority... when they've only made you an option." Keep ya head up, Lyfe. This time will fly by and before you know it; you'll be back writing more music than you ever thought. :0) God Bless.

  • Seth Brown

    I agree with Meagacotter. The only thing I can add is about the music. Lyfe's first CD was one of the best I've ever heard, and I'm goin back all the way to the '70's! Problem is it's seems like he was being pushed into being something he's not. I saw less and less Lyfe and more... Trey Songz or something. He may be one of those artists that can only make really good music when they're struggling. 

  • Staceyfry1991

    U FUCKED UP HE MADE A MISTAKE AND THAT'S HOW U GONNA BE U DONT KNOW HIS PAIN AT ALL SO WHY U ACTIN LIKE THAT JUS ANOTHER FAKE SORRY MY ASS

  • Ydoj Angelic

    wiil forever love you lyfe jennings,your # 1 fan.

  • Deniece Barberber

    I'm a little late on this because it really saddens me that Lyfe has to go through this...I sooooooo love his music, he has a message in all of his songs and has an awesome voice...me being from GA...let me start by saying I love music mongroul  T.I....but at the end of the day he only had to do 1 freaking year and a day for a crime in my opinion is or was much worse..so w/saying that money talks...and b/s walks..but Lyfe is a wonderful musician and I hope to hear some new music from him very soon his sentence should be over by now..

  • Bigchief0814

    Lyfe Jennings will be freed tomorrow.JMJ 73 Chess Master.

  • C shorter

    There is no one a bigger lyfe fan than I;however, I know that what lyfe did was wrong and he's paying his debt for it..... to everyone else lyfe knows he got to pay his debt I do however feel that God makes mistakes...... So his gift will be on rare form when he is released.... So to chester "lyfe" Jennings...... Smile, keep yo head up, it could of been worse, and let's do this right !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yonta-Kirby-Williams/100001483416910 Yonta Kirby-Williams

    lyfe jennings and singer monica 

  • HatepplwhoSAYstupidSHIT

    What the fuck are u trying to say u sound stupid......u cant even spell i wonder if somebody read it 4 u.....lol spell check before u talk shit......cuz u look DUMB!!! @bk

  • Tiffany

    You there comes a point and time where we all makers takes I'm a mother of two and on two misdemeanor probation let the man alone dang pray that's what you shOuldbe doing. God is the only one to judge us not you nor anyone else. They give Brittany spears and lindsey Logan fucked up but slight sentences. Grow up