The streets have been screaming “Free NBA Youngboy” but he may not be free for a while!
A United States Magistrate Judge determined last week that YoungBoy, real name Kentrell Gaulden, was simply too dangerous to be released from jail as he awaits trial for multiple gun possession charges in Louisiana.
The 21-year-old rapper has been locked up since March, after his arrest in Los Angeles, California.
Video Shoot Raid In Baton Rouge
As previously reported, his legal troubles stem from a video shoot in Baton Rouge, in September of 2020. The shoot was raided by local authorities as part of operation “Never Free Again.” The 21-year-old was detained but later released.
On March 10, 2021 he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a firearm not registered on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
California officials arrested him March 22 after he led them on a high-speed chase before he eventually fled on foot. Authorities claim that a firearm was found inside the vehicle YoungBoy was driving, and that he was the sole occupant of the car.
A California judge granted YoungBoy pre-trial release that was contingent on Louisiana’s approval. Unfortunately in early April, a Louisiana judge revoked the rapper’s $540,000 bond that was granted in the Central District of California.
The rap star’s lawyer, Andrew Flier appealed the decision but unfortunately the appeal was denied.
Judge Scott D. Johnson pointed to the 21-year-old’s history of crime, including his alleged efforts to evade police in Los Angeles. “[YoungBoy] is a danger to the community, [and] no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community,” read the court document.
The Feds also presented some shocking photos of the rapper to underscore their point. One image (obtained by AllHipHop.com) shows the rapper holding an assault rifle with a group of men.
The other image features NBA YoungBoy clutching an assault rifle with a young fan, who looks to be about 10-years-old.