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Mendeecees Harris is scheduled to begin his eight-year prison sentence next week.
According to our sister site, Bossip, the VH1 star is expected to turn himself in on January 19 to the Allenwood Low federal prison facility; however, his attorney has requested that the courts allow him to serve his time at the Otisville federal prison in New York. Allenwood Low is nearly four hours away from where Harris’ wife and children live in New York City, which would make visits rather complicated.
While the courts expressed that they would recommend Ottsville, the decision regarding where Harris serves his time is ultimately up to the Bureau of Prisons.
“The court recommends that the defendant Mendeecees Harris be placed by the Bureau of Prisons as close to New York City as possible,” Judge Frank Geraci explained in court papers Jan. 11. “However, the ultimate decision is the Bureau of Prisons.”
The couple’s infant daughter, Skylar, turns one on January 26. We realize that this is probably an extremely difficult time for the Harris family and we’re keeping them in our prayers.
As we told you last week, Love and Hip Hop New York star Mendeecees Harris was sentenced to 97 months behind bars after pleading guilty to narcotics conspiracy. The eight-year sentence was part of a plea deal he made earlier this year. Harris has since issued a statement about his conviction, stating that “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.”
But right before his sentencing, Harris and wife, Yandy Smith-Harris, were asked to share how they were coping with his legal woes and how they would cope once Harris was sentenced and had to report to prison. VH1 filmed their responses.
Yandy said that this time around, things would be different with her husband away because she could at least be prepared. In fact, the couple has already started to prepare themselves and their family for his time away:
“The toughest thing about being married and then having this gloom over you of the unexpected future is you never want to internalize living alone once you’ve got into a commitment with your best friend. The person you want to wake up with every day of your life for the next 60 years if you’re so blessed to have. So when I was told that I might have to spend one night without my husband, heartbroken is not even the word for it.
I sometimes put myself in a fairytale box where I don’t think about the negative. I don’t think about what could happen. I live for what’s happening. And what’s happening is, we have beautiful children. We have a wonderful marriage. We have a wonderful home that I actually love. So the thought of not having that–any bit of that missing, would break my heart.
This will be different from before when Mendeecees went away. This time, I can prepare myself. I can prepare my life. We’ve already started to prepare. I think knowing is half the battle for me, but the unexpected is what I really couldn’t deal with and where I had a hard time.”
As for Mendeecees, he said that filming this season of Love and Hip Hop was difficult because he went through a lot with his case. And while he wishes he wasn’t in his current predicament, he’s learned a great deal from his choices and their repercussions:
“It’s a lot of stuff going on with this case. Cameras in my face. You have your good days and your bad days.
You have days where you don’t even think about what’s going on, and then you have the days when you actually are stressed about your current situation.
This was a rough season, one minute you’re happy, the next minute you’re sad. You don’t know what tomorrow brings. It was just an emotional rollercoaster.
I’ve been out for almost two years. Been working. Been doing a lot of positive stuff and leading by example. I never asked to be in the predicament that I am. I thought I was doing everything right, but sometimes–I really can’t make excuses for why I’m here. But I learned a lot. ”
The Harris family is spending as much time together as they can before Mendeecees has to start his eight-year bid, including doing charity work in Harlem and bonding with his kids. If you want to see how Yandy and Mendeecees deal with this crushing blow to their family, you can tune into Season 6 of Love and Hip Hop New York, which premieres Monday, December 14 on VH1.
Check out their remarks about Mendeecees’s legal woes below:
Hours after he was sentenced to 97 months behind bars, Mendeecees Harris issued a statement addressing fans, supporters and young men who may be considering turning to a life of crime. His statement reads:
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 unforgiving 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 yourself 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 pass 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.
Harris’ wife, Yandy Smith Harris, also released a statement regarding her husband’s incarceration.
Thank you for your continued support. You have no idea how much your love and encouragement means. We finally have closure and are prepared and ready for all the future holds. God and love always prevails. Thank you God for family and love. (I consider some of you I never met family) #resolved #prayedup #blessed.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, both Yandy and Mendeecees seem to be in a good place mentally.
Harris, who is married to his co-star Yandy Smith, accepted a plea deal in April, which required him to plead guilty to narcotics conspiracy in exchange for an 8 to 10-year sentence and a $15,000 to $5 million fine.
It’s unfortunate that Harris will be forced to spend such a huge chunk of time away from his wife and four children, but the situation could certainly be a lot worse.
As we reported yesterday, season six of “Love & Hip Hop New York,” which premieres On VH1 Monday, December 14 at 8 p.m., will focus on the time leading up to Harris’ sentencing. We send our prayers to the Harris family as they cope with this devastating news.
You know, I wanted to like Erica Mena. For a second there, I thought she could be a misunderstood woman trying to make her way and feed her family through reality TV. However, it’s her shenanigans off-camera lately that are a bit unsettling. Ever since Shad Moss, aka, Bow Wow popped the question, she has really been feeling herself. And while there’s nothing wrong with being happy about a new chapter and winning romantically, she hasn’t been a gracious winner. In fact, she’s been a bit mean: to her exes, to her former castmates, and as I found out this week, to the mother of Bow Wow’s daughter, Shai. I tried to hold my tongue, but after watching her tell another woman that she’s “just a BM,” I can’t deal. Hey, sometimes finding love can go to your head (check out our comical video on the subject). But the following behaviors are not a good look. Ladies, here are 10 things you shouldn’t do once your man puts a ring on it, as inspired by Erica Mena.
If you're anything like us, you were probably a little thrown off by the announcement that Yandy and Mendeecees would be getting married Memorial Day Weekend, in front of live cameras no less. Of course we already knew the "Love & Hip-Hop couple" was engaged, but with Mendeecees' criminal case still pending and Yandy having already changed her last name from Smith to Harris, when we found out the couple would be tying the knot during a two-hour live special on VH1 tonight we had to ask: why now?
Check out the response from the Harrises in the video above as they talk about being the first "Love & Hip-Hop" pair to actually officially make it down the aisle and how they make their relationship work as a blended family. Will you tune in to their wedding special on VH1 at 8p tonight?
On Monday, May 25, “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith Harris will marry fiancé Mendeecees Harris. To observe the upcoming nuptials, the reality star celebrated with a lovely bridal shower. The celebration was thrown by Yandy’s mother Laura, sister Lakisha and publicist Jewell.
Refreshments were provided by Pastel Cupcakes and Sprinkle Splash Bakery.
Check out photos from the bash below and on the following pages.
Special thanks to these ladies right here for coordinating my bridal shower. I love you guys beyond words. My mommy Laura (top left), my sister @lakisha_laurelle (bottom left) and my publicist @jewell_flint who works so hard and almost never gets the credit she deserves. 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 #SmithHarrisWedding2015
Two years ago, the fiancé of “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith, Mendeecees Harris, 36, was hit with drug trafficking charges. Investigators accused the father of four of trafficking $2.5 million worth of drugs throughout Rochester, New York between 2005 and August 2012. Harris was released on $600,000 bail—$200,000 of which was provided by Smith—after serving 13 months behind bars.
Tuesday, Harris appeared in court and pled guilty to narcotics conspiracy, admitting that he shipped heroin and cocaine to the Rochester area over the span of 7 years, Democrat & Chronicle reports. Harris admitted to his involvement in the drug trafficking operation along with his brother Tyrus Harris and Ronald Walker, who was previously sentenced to 10 years.
Harris accepted a plea deal, which requires him to turn over all earnings from “Love & Hip Hop”and public appearances. According to his attorney Donald Thompson, his payments have totaled $103,000 so far. Currently free on bail until sentencing in August, Harris faces 8 to 10 years in federal prison and/or a fine that can range from $15,000 to $5 million. Thompson says that he may face four of five years of supervised release as well.
As previously reported, Harris and Smith are scheduled to wed on live television Monday, May 25. Considering that the couple just welcomed their first daughter three months ago and that Mendeecees fathers three other young children, we would hope that he gets off with a fine and no jail time. Perhaps having to fork over millions or even thousands to the federal government is punishment enough.
Harris’ sentencing date has been set for August 31.
It seems that “Love & Hip Hop: New York” fans have been waiting forever and a day for Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris to tie the knot. Luckily for them, the wait won’t be much longer.
Tuesday, VH1 formally announced that the reality TV couple will be getting married Memorial Day Weekend during the network’s first-ever live wedding special.
“VH1 invites fans to be present for the happiest day of Yandy and Mendeecees’ lives as they finally join hands in holy matrimony,” the network explains in a press release. “VH1’s cameras will be on hand to capture every instant on the tumultuous road to the altar – from the occasional ‘bridezilla’ outbursts to heartwarming moments of emotion and anticipation.”
In addition to allowing viewers to witness the live ceremony, one fan will be afforded the opportunity to attend the highly anticipated wedding through a sweepstakes. Fans can enter the contest by tweeting #LHHWeddingRSVP. Yandy also confirmed the wedding spinoff during last night’s reunion show episode. Beginning March 12, viewers will be able to view clips of Yandy and Mendeecees as they prepare for the big day on VH1’s website.
This definitely explains why the pair seemed to be prolonging formally tying the knot this season. In earlier episodes, they went as far as to have a dedication ceremony and Yandy changed her last name and many of us wondered why they didn’t just go head and get married while they were at it.
“Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” will be a two-hour special and is set to air Monday, May 25 at 8 pm ET/PT. Will you be tuning in?
Earlier this week on “Love & Hip Hop,” viewers witnessed Yandy Smith and her fiancée Mendeecees Harris have separate conversations with his assistant, Remy, over her inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. In case you missed it, Mendeecees took issue with Remy being a bit too touchy feely with him after she attempted to lock arms as they were leaving a venue. Yandy, on the other hand, sat Remy down to address her inappropriate work attire and social media postings relating to her boss.
The drama eventually spilled over onto social media when Remy took to Instagram to defend herself. Check out the note she left below.
To catch you up to speed, Mendeecees apparently hired Remy to work for him after returning home from prison so that his fiancée wouldn’t have to be burdened with every single aspect of his business affairs. According to Yandy, Remy secured her job with Harris by sending him a direct message on social media, lying and telling him that she worked for Yandy before. From there, things went left.
Watch a clip of Mendeecees confronting Remy below.