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Gucci Mane’s lawyer Dwight L. Thomas says that during the past four months, his client has been receiving counseling and getting himself off of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. On Thursday, after violating his probation, Gucci was sentenced to 12 months in jail and is expected to serve half that time. But had it not been for Gucci’s recent efforts to change, Thomas said, he might have gone away for a lot longer.

According to Thomas, Gucci’s probation for a 2005 aggravated-assault case was revoked because the flamboyant rapper has not completed a court-ordered 600 hours of community service, he’s tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during visits to his probation officer, and he has not been getting the proper permission to travel as mandated previously by the judge.

“[Gucci] told the court yesterday he was on a road to recovery in terms of being clean and sober,” explained Thomas, who also represented T.I. in his recent gun case. “[He is] alcohol free and weed free. … He’s also dealing with the emotional issue of killing somebody. He’s been in counseling and therapy.”

In January 2006, murder charges against Gucci Mane, in a May 2005 incident were dropped. The rapper was with a female companion in a Decatur, Georgia, apartment when four men invaded the home and attacked Gucci. During the fracas gunshots were fired, and the body of one of the assailants, Henry Lee Clark III, was later found outside a nearby middle school. Gucci admitted to shooting at the men, and it was ruled self defense.

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