ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A VH1 reality star involved in an interstate drug ring has been denied a request for a shorter prison sentence.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports ( ) that Mendeecees Harris, of the show "Love and Hip Hop," requested to have his federal drug distribution sentence reduced to three years in February. A judge denied the request.

Harris is currently serving an eight year sentence that began in December 2015 for participating in a drug operation between New York and Rochester.

Harris' lawyer, Dawn Florio, argued that her client had a small role in the ring. Florio also said that Harris forfeited $170,000 in earnings from the reality show and volunteered at youth outreach programs before sentencing.

Prosecutors said that Harris' role was significant enough to warrant the sentence.


Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,

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