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No shorter sentence for 'Love & Hip Hop' star in drug case

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/17/2017

Mendeecees Harris hosts Prive on January 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. © Prince Williams/WireImage/Getty Images Mendeecees Harris hosts Prive on January 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A VH1 reality star on the show "Love & Hip Hop" who was involved in an interstate drug ring has been denied a request for a shorter prison sentence.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports (http://on.rocne.ws/2m8IFZM ) that Mendeecees Harris requested to have his eight-year sentence on federal drug distribution charges reduced to three years in February. A judge denied the request.

Harris' sentence began in December 2015. He had participated in a drug operation between New York and Rochester.

Harris' lawyer, Dawn Florio, argued that her client had a small role in the ring. Florio also said that Harris forfeited $170,000 in earnings from the reality show and volunteered at youth outreach programs before sentencing.

Prosecutors say Harris' role was significant enough to warrant the sentence.

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