Rapper NBA YoungBoy was discovered not responsible in his federal gun case in Los Angeles on Friday.
A jury of seven girls and 5 males acquitted the Louisiana rapper of the fees that would have led to a jail sentence of as much as 10 years.
“In the end, truth prevailed,” one in every of his attorneys, André Bélanger, instructed the Daily News Friday.
The Baton Rouge-born rapper — whose actual title is Kentrell Gauden and who additionally goes by YoungBoy Never Broke Again — had been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was arrested on March 22, 2021, after LAPD officers tried to tug over his automobile over an impressive federal warrant.
Police say he tried to flee the scene however was ultimately arrested. Authorities stated that they recovered an FN FNX .45 caliber pistol from the ground of his Mercedes Maybach.
Prosecutors instructed the jurors that the rapper confirmed his guilt when he fled his arrest. They additionally stated the pistol recovered from the automobile had been bought by an individual linked to Demetrice Monique Coleman, who’s a godmother determine to the rapper.
During the trial, he maintained that he didn’t know that the gun was in his automobile.
One of his attorneys, James Manasseh, stated throughout closing arguments that different folks additionally had entry to the automobile and that prosecutors did not hyperlink the gun to YoungBoy with any DNA or fingerprint proof.
Additionally, no one who testified through the trial, which started Tuesday, ever stated that they noticed the rapper with the gun that was recovered.
The 22-year-old chart-topper reportedly jumped in celebration after listening to the decision, in keeping with Rolling Stone.
“Never was guilty,” he instructed the journal after strolling out of the constructing.
Manasseh instructed The New Orleans Advocate that the jurors — who deliberated for about 5 hours — did the fitting factor and that they arrived on the “not guilty” verdict by wanting on the information.
“I think the jurors took it seriously, looked at all the evidence, were very thorough and saw through the lies,” he stated.
The rapper nonetheless faces an upcoming trial over a gun case in Louisiana. His trial in Baton Rouge was scheduled for early July, but it surely was postponed to accommodate the Los Angeles trial. A standing convention within the Louisiana case is scheduled for early subsequent month.