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Rapper T.I. begins sentence at Arkansas prison

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FORREST CITY, Ark. (WMC-TV) - Rapper T.I. has begun serving his 366-day sentence in an Arkansas federal prison. 

He will also be required to pay a $100,000 fine and perform hundreds of hours of community service.

A racous crowd of fans gathered Tuesday outside the low-security prison near Forrest City in rural Arkansas. 

"Small Forrest City, Big T.I! We're on the map now that T.I.'s here. We love you T.I.!" said fan Veronica McKenzie.

Fan Angel Grady waited anxiously for the rapper's arrival.

"We been out here for two or three hours waiting," she said.

But despite the wait, fans did not get a glimpse of T.I.. He arrived at 12:20 in a black van, which was escorted onto the prison property.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was convicted of trying to purchase assault rifles from federal agents. He was already barred from owning any weapons after a 1998 felony conviction.

Fans said they will continue to support him.

"Once you're a fan of somebody, especially T.I., it's hard to turn your back on him," said Amanda Wilbourn. "it's hard to turn your back on him regardless of what he done."

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