In the Los Angeles gun trial, NBA Youngboy has been found not guilty.
The 22-year-old rapper was found not guilty of felony possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to The New York Times, a jury in Los Angeles reached a decision on Friday after less than two days of deliberation. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.
YoungBoy, real name Kentrell Gaulden, was arrested in March 2021 in Los Angeles on a felony gun possession warrant from an earlier incident in Louisiana.
YoungBoy pulled over his Mercedes Maybach after officers attempted to execute the warrant, before fleeing and leading police on a high-speed chase.
Police discovered an FNX.45 calibre pistol and ammunition behind the front passenger’s seat after YoungBoy exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was charged with having a firearm while a felon.
Lawyers for YoungBoy argued during the trial that the rapper was unaware of his outstanding federal warrant and panicked when armed officers approached his vehicle.
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They claim he was unaware the gun was in the car. Furthermore, no fingerprints or DNA could be found that could link him to the weapon, and no witnesses testified that they saw the rapper with the recovered weapon.
After the verdict was announced, YoungBoy told Rolling Stone, “I feel great.”