NBA Youngboy found NOT GUILTY in Federal Court for Weapon Possession.
DJ Akademiks revealed to the hip hop world that NBA Youngboy was found not guilty.
Jumping on Twitter, DJ Akademiks stated, “This in regards to his case he caught in California when the FBI and US Marshals arrested him and he allegedly ran from his Maybach and K9’s took him to custody. There was a gun in the car they charged him with. 1-0 .. 1 more to go.”
NBA YOUNGBOY FOUND NOT GUILTY OF GUN POSESSION – This in regards to his case he caught in California when the FBI and US Marshals arrested him and he allegedly ran from his Maybach and K9's took him to custody. There was a gun in the car they charged him with. 1-0 .. 1 more to go
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) July 15, 2022
Celebration for the announcement occurred outside of the court with his fans as shown below from a post by XXL magazine.
NBA YoungBoy fans react to not guilty verdict outside of courthouse pic.twitter.com/IMkEPqZX1A
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) July 15, 2022
A jury in Los Angeles reached its verdict after about two hours on its second day of deliberations. Mr. Gaulden, who is known to fans as NBA YoungBoy or YB, faced up to 10 years in prison in the case.
The gun possession charge in California stemmed from YoungBoy’s March 2021 arrest in the Los Angeles area on a separate federal gun possession warrant from an earlier incident in the rapper’s home state of Louisiana. In September 2020, YoungBoy was among 16 people accused of possessing guns and drugs at a video shoot in Baton Rouge. His lawyers have said none of the contraband was in his possession.
As the trial started on Tuesday, the judge in the case, R. Gary Klausner, ruled to exclude lyrics from three YoungBoy songs from being used in court. Prosecutors had said that the tracks — “Gunsmoke,” “Life Support” and “Lonely Child” — referred “to an individual connected to the purchaser of the gun, the gun model found in his car, and the jewelry maker of the jewelry found next to the gun.”
But lawyers for the rapper successfully argued that the “hardcore” and “highly inflammatory” rap lyrics would be prejudicial and were not directly relevant, noting that the song mentioning an FN pistol was released before the FN gun seized from the Maybach was purchased.