Lil Boosie: Released From Prison!

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Lil Boosie is a free rapper. He was let out of prison early this week.

The 31-year-old was cut loose from the Louisiana State Penitentiary where he had been locked up since 2009 on drug charge ... serious drug charges.

The rapper (real name Torrence Hatch) was first jailed on a marijuana charge. During his stay, however, he was busted attempting to smuggle drugs into prison.

A judge tacked on eight years to his four-year sentence, for 12 total.

He caught a break, though, and was released after less than five years behind bars. A rep for the prison says Boosie will still be on parole until 2018.

Incredibly, while in prison, he was charged with the 2009 murder of Terry Boyd. Lil Boosie was cleared of first-degree murder in Boyd’s death in May 2012.

Until Wednesday, Boosie’s projected release date was in May.

When he completed a “self-help” program Wednesday afternoon, the credit earned from the program made him immediately eligible for release, and he was.

Although he violated some prison rules shortly after his arrival in 2009, the rapper eventually came around, entering every rehabilitation program he was eligible for.

Here's hoping that streak continues on the outside ...

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