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South Side rapper Chief Keef was ordered held in custody today after a Cook County judge ruled that he violated his probation for a previous gun conviction.
Juvenile Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker's decision to jail the 17-year-old rap sensation, whose real name is Keith Cozart, stems from an on-camera interview in June with Pitchfork Media that shows the rapper holding a rifle at a gun range in New York.
Rapper Keith Cozart, aka Chief Keef, arrives at Juvenile Court earlier this month.
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Walker ruled that by holding the firearm Chief Keef violated the terms of his 18-month probation, a sentence he was given for pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer in 2011, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
The rapper is scheduled to be sentenced before Walker on Thursday, said Conklin.
Chicago police have been looking into whether Chief Keef and his allies played a role in the Sept. 4 slaying of aspiring rapper Lil Jojo. The slaying garnered national attention after Chief Keef sent a taunting tweet about the slain 18-year-old, whose real name was Joseph Coleman, hours after the killing. Chief Keef, who recently signed a deal with Interscope Records, received mostly negative feedback from his more than 200,000 Twitter followers before he claimed his account had been hacked.
His debut album, "Finally Rich" was released nationwide last month.