Podcast Personality Taxstone Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charges in Irving Plaza Shooting
Taxstone's legal battle surrounding the May 2016 Irving Plaza shooting is getting more serious, and now things have taken a new turn. The podcast personality, who was arrested back in January, has plead guilty to two federal weapon counts, which means he could face some serious jail time following his indictment for the charges.
According to the NY Daily News, the Tax Season host, whose real name is Daryl Campbell, had a court hearing Thursday (June 15) where he copped to firearm possession as a felon and admitted to receiving a firearm in interstate commerce in connection to the venue shooting in NYC last year.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office did not charge Tax with murder, but they do believe he brought the firearm into the venue and "fired one shot that killed Ronald McPhatter," Troy Ave's bodyguard who died in the crossifre. The legal team also says DNA was discovered from the 31-year-old podcast personality on the weapon that left McPhatter dead.
If Tax is convicted of the charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
McPhatter died from his injuries in the shooting, and prosecutors also say DNA from Troy Ave, Ronald McPhatter and Darryl Campbell all show up on the murder weapon.
Previously, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office have charged Troy Ave with attempted murder for his involvement in the shooting, which the rapper reportedly contended as self-defense.
Tax initially given $500,000 bail, but it was quickly revoked after the government implied there would be more serious charges filed against him. Oddly enough, those charges, such as assault or murder, have yet to be given.
The podcaster's lawyer has claimed that Troy Ave is the one who should still be behind bars without bail, as he is the one who was seen holding the gun in security footage from the fateful evening. McPhatter's family has also blamed the rapper for his bodyguard's death.
Hopefully this case can get resolved peacefully.
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