Daily Mail (London), July 16, 2012
The eldest son of rapper Coolio, who arrested last November for breaking into a Las Vegas apartment with a gun and forcing the tenant into the washroom while his prostitute friend looted the place, has reached a deal to serve between three and half and 10 years in prison.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Grtis Ivey, 22 – who appeared on the family reality show Coolio’s Rules – agreed to plead guilty to a single felony robbery charge.
The exact amount of prison time Grtis must serve will be determined by a judge when he is formally sentenced on September 12.
Called by the name Artis on his father’s short-lived 2008 reality show that aired on the Oxygen Network, police say Grtis hooked up with a Las Vegas call-girl to rob a would-be john.
Police say on October 26, Shantrice Wilkerson met a man at a nightclub and went back to his home to get the $5,000 she wanted in exchange for sex.
The two went to another location, but the man left before anything occurred.
Three days later, police say Shantrice and Grtis went back to the man’s home and robbed him at gun point.
On March 9, Coolio himself was also arrested in Las Vegas and booked into the same jail as his son.
The 47-year-old Grammy Award winning rapper was held for outstanding traffic warrants, but later released on bail.
The singer of Fantastic Voyage and Gangsta’s Paradise, had a brief career as a reality star when six episodes of Coolio’s Rules aired in 2008.
The show featured the rapper trying to juggle being a musician, looking for love and being a single dad to four teenagers – but was swiftly cancelled.