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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Rapper NBA Youngboy found not guilty in federal gun trial: ‘Truth triumphs’

Rapper NBA Youngboy was found not guilty on Friday in his federal gun case in Los Angeles.

A jury of seven women and five men acquitted the Louisiana rapper of charges that could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison.

“In the end, the truth prevailed,” André Belanger, one of his lawyers, told the Daily News Friday.

The Baton Rouge-born rapper – whose real name is Kentrell Gauden and also goes by Youngboy Never Broke Again – was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was arrested on March 22, 2021, after L Associated PressD officers attempted to pull over his vehicle on an outstanding federal warrant.

Police say he tried to flee from the spot but was eventually arrested. Officers said they recovered an FN FNX .45 caliber pistol from the floor of his Mercedes Maybach.

Prosecutors told jurors that the rapper showed his guilt when he fled his arrest. He also said that the pistol recovered from the vehicle was bought by a man associated with Demetris Monique Coleman, who is like the rapper’s godmother.

During the trial, he said he did not know the gun was in his car.

One of his lawyers, James Manasseh, said during closing arguments that others also had access to the vehicle and that prosecutors failed to link the gun to Youngboy with any DNA or fingerprint evidence.

Additionally, no one who testified during the trial that began Tuesday said they had seen the rapper with a recovered gun.

According to Rolling Stone, the 22-year-old chart-topper reportedly jumped in celebration after hearing the verdict.

“Never was guilty,” he told the magazine after leaving the building.

Manasseh told The New Orleans Advocate that the jurors – who deliberated for nearly five hours – did the right thing and came to a “not guilty” verdict by looking at the facts.

“I think the jurors took it seriously, looked at all the evidence, were very thorough and saw through the lies,” he said.

The rapper is still facing trial in a Louisiana gun case. His trial in Baton Rouge was scheduled for early July, but was postponed to accommodate the Los Angeles test. A status convention in the Louisiana case is scheduled for early next month.


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