Special Report

Celebrities Who Are Currently in - or Have Been to - Prison

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> Occupation: Rapper
> Crime: Armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder

6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, is a rapper whose debut album went platinum. In February 2019, he pleaded guilty to nine charges including armed robbery and conspiracy to commit murder for ordering the shooting of fellow rapper Chief Keef. 6ix9ine was released from federal prison in April 2020, and served the rest of his term under house arrest.

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Abby Lee Miller
> Occupation: Dance instructor
> Crime: Bankruptcy fraud

Abby Lee Miller became famous as the hard-driving dance-business owner for the reality TV show “Dance Moms.” In October 2015 she was indicted for bankruptcy fraud for hiding her assets, and customs fraud for not declaring $120,000 in cash upon returning to the U.S. from a masterclass tour of Australia. The following June, she pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and in May 2017 she was sentenced to a year and a day. Miller was released a year later.

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Allison Mack
> Occupation: Actress
> Crime: Federal sex trafficking and racketeering

Allison Mack, best known for her roles in the TV shows “Smallville” and “Wilfred,” was involved in one of the stranger criminal episodes involving celebrities. Mack was a member of a marketing company called NXIVM that claimed to offer professional development seminars. In reality, it was a front for a sex-trafficking gang. In 2018, Mack and other people were indicted on federal sex-trafficking and racketeering charges. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2021.

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Amy Locane
> Occupation: Actress
> Crime: Vehicular homicide and assault by auto

You might remember Amy Locane for her appearances in the movies “Cry-Baby” and “School Ties” and the TV series “Melrose Place.” She became infamous in June 2010 when she was speeding on a residential street in New Jersey and struck another vehicle, killing a passenger. Her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. In November 2012 she was convicted of vehicular homicide and assault by auto and the following February, Locane was sentenced to three years in state prison. She was released on parole in June 2015. In September 2020, Locane was re-sentenced to an additional eight years in state prison after prosecutors complained that the original judge in her case hadn’t adhered to minimum sentencing guidelines. She won’t be eligible for parole until she serves at least four years.

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Bill Cosby
> Occupation: Comedian
> Crime: Aggravated indecent assault

A pioneering African-American comedian who became “America’s Dad” on his top-rated television series “The Bill Cosby Show,” Cosby became one of the first celebrities sentenced for sexual assault in the #MeToo era. In April 2018, he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced for up to 10 years in state prison. His conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on June 30, 2021, and ordered his immediate release from jail after it was determined that he had been denied protection against self-incrimination.

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