The latest review is in for Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch — not on his music, but on the recently paroled rapper’s progress while on probation for a 2009 drug conviction — and the news is good for the 32-year-old New Orleans resident.
Hatch, formerly of Baton Rouge, told state District Judge Chip Moore during a Friday court appearance that he has been speaking in schools and at homeless shelters as part of his court-ordered 100 hours of community service.
“It looks like you’ve been doing well with your probation officer in New Orleans,” Moore said to Hatch, who was dressed in white jeans, a blue T-shirt and tennis shoes and flanked by two attorneys.
Moore asked Hatch if he had any drugs in his body, and Hatch replied, “No sir.” The judge nevertheless ordered Hatch to take a drug test before he left the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, which Hatch did.
Moore scheduled Hatch’s next probation review for Jan. 19. His probation is slated to last four years.
“I’m speaking with a lot of alternative schools, homeless kids, really anybody who wants to hear my story so I can help them,” Hatch said in an interview in the courthouse lobby.
“I really talk to them about making the right decisions.”
Roy Maughan Jr., one of Hatch’s attorneys, said Hatch performed Thursday night before about 10,000 fans at a sold-out arena in Oakland, California, before flying to Louisiana for his Friday morning probation review.
Hatch was paroled March 5 from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving 52 months in state custody for various drug-related offenses.
Hatch pleaded guilty in 2009 to third-offense marijuana possession and Moore sentenced him the same year to four years in prison. The judge also ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service after his release as part of a four-year probation.
Moore told Hatch on March 13 that he wanted him to speak to youth in New Orleans about staying in school and away from drugs.
Hatch also pleaded guilty in 2011 to other drug-related counts for conspiring to smuggle marijuana, ecstasy, codeine and other contraband into Dixon Correctional Institute and the state penitentiary at Angola. He was sentenced to eight years in prison but released early after earning good behavior and educational credits.
He was acquitted in 2012 on a first-degree murder charge in the alleged murder-for-hire of Terry Boyd, 35, of Baton Rouge, in 2010. Hatch was accused of paying Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill Boyd. Louding was convicted last year in the slaying and was sentenced to life in prison.