After serving time since 2009, rapper Lil Boosie is finally out of jail.
WAFB reports that the rapper -- whose legal name is Torrence Hatch -- was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. He was then transferred to a sheriff’s department facility where he was greeted by several of his family members.
Boosie was locked up in 2009 after he pled guilty to a third-offense marijuana-possession charge. When it was determined by a judge that he had also violated his probation, his final sentence was set at four years. In 2011, Hatch also pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle drugs into prison. This added an additional eight years to his sentence.
The rapper also went on trial for murder in 2012 and was found not guilty. In that case, he was accused of hiring a man to murder a local rap artist.
Questions have swirled for years about Boosie’s release date. Most recently, his brother and manger, Taquari Hatch, sparked talk that Boosie would be released in February 2014 during an interview with NOLA.com. But at that time, the Louisiana Department of Corrections still had the rapper's official release date listed as May 20, 2014.
Regarding the rapper’s music, Lil Boosie is scheduled to attend a press conference being organized by Atlantic Records on March 10. The event has been confirmed by Hatch. According to Nola.com, the media invitation for the event “features logos for both Atlantic Records and the Trill Entertainment label.” However, a representative from Atlantic wouldn’t confirm if Lil Boosie had signed a deal with the label, saying that the rapper will be “clearing all that stuff up for everybody” during the conference.