NBA YoungBoy has been found not guilty in his federal gun case after standing trial for three days. The American rapper, who reportedly cried upon hearing the verdict, was facing a charge of illegal possession of firearms for a loaded handgun found in his car last year.
NBA YoungBoy’s attorney Andre Belanger and the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed the verdict, which was to the latter’s disappointment. Speaking to TMZ, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles expressed that they “believed the evidence presented in this case supported the charges” and they are “disappointed”, but they “respect the jury’s decision”.
However, after all the evidence was presented, the jury decided the gun did not belong to NBA YoungBoy, whose given name is Kentrell Gaulden.
According to TMZ, Belanger said that the 22-year-old rapper lowered his head and cried after hearing the verdict.
In March 2021, LAPD and the feds attempted to pull over the vehicle the rapper was driving on an outstanding federal warrant, but NBA YoungBoy led them on a short pursuit. When the car stopped, the police said the rapper quickly ran off and a 45-caliber gun was reportedly found in his car.
The police reportedly set up a perimeter and brought in a K-9 to help find YoungBoy, who denied owning the gun.
TMZ also reported that in October he was released on a $500k bond from federal prison, but the judge ordered that he stayed in home confinement in Utah until his trial date.
Upon exiting the L.A. courtroom where a crowd gathered outside in support of the young artiste, YoungBoy once again declared his innocence.
Check out scenes of what happened today below.