Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group Label Affiliate Sentenced to 10 to 14 Years for 2016 Hotel Shooting
Howard “Keon” Wright, an affiliate of Yo Gotti’s camp, has reportedly been sentenced to 10 to 14 years in prison after admitting to a range of charges stemming from a 2016 shooting in Charlotte, N.C. Wright has been a known associate of the Memphis rapper for years, said to be fulfilling roles as both a road manager and vice president of Gotti's Collective Music Group.
According to reports, Wright entered a guilty plea on the same day he was scheduled to begin trial, along with two co-defendants, Kevin Thompson, 31, also entered a guilty plea to several gun charges and Derek Bolton, 36, who was determined not guilty after taking his case to trial.
The shooting incident in question took place at roughly 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2016, coinciding with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s annual tournament. Per reports, security guards saw a Nissan Altima leaving the scene after unloading 40 to 50 shots into the lobby of a Hyatt and two occupied vehicles. Police soon stopped the vehicle, during which Wright got out and ran, reportedly bringing a rifle and a handgun along with him. According to reports, he later dropped his weapons and was arrested and charged. No one was injured as a result of the shooting.
While the incentive behind the shooting has not yet been officially confirmed or disclosed, some believe the intended target was Yo Gotti’s rival, Young Dolph, who happened to be in town to perform during the weekend’s festivities. Young Dolph was coincidentally shot at the following year during CIAA weekend in 2017, escaping more than 100 bullets. Gotti's artist Blac Youngsta turned himself into authorities in connection to the February shooting. Months later, Gotti found himself being named a person of interest regarding a Sept. 2017 shooting in Hollywood which left Dolph in critical condition. He was eventually released without charges.
According to the D.A.’s office, Wright pled guilty to a variety of charges, including five counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in operation, conspiracy to discharge a firearm into an occupied dwelling, eight counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, according to the DA’s office.
At the time of this report, Yo Gotti has not issued a statement on the matter. Back in August 2018, he wiped his Instagram clean save for one post, writing, “I’ll BE BACK WHEN THE STREETS READY …”
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