Run-ins With the Law
NBA YoungBoy didn’t get to celebrate his freedom for long. The Louisiana native — who was released from jail on $75k bond last week — told the world he was walking the streets again, but that may not be the case going forward. According to TMZ, a Waycross, GA grand jury has charged the “No Smoke” rapper with aggravated assault and kidnapping.
Fronting for the Public?
The two-count indictment stems from a physical altercation between the artist and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Jania Jackson, that took place at a hotel.
The assault charge stems from YoungBoy “body slamming” his girlfriend against a floor in the hallway of the Georgia establishment. While the kidnapping charge was given for the artist dragging Jania into a hotel room.
Though guests promptly called the police, the couple wasn’t there by the time the authorities showed up. However, the scene caught on the hotel’s surveillance camera and the blood in the hotel room was all police needed.
Even though his girlfriend came to his defense on social media, it didn’t help much. Jania said, “I was pulling him, that’s just us, that’s just the way we play.” “Kidnapped? F**k no! … has he ever put his hands on me? F**k no!” she added. “We 18, what do y’all expect? What do y’all expect?… We good, I promise you that – y’all think I would stay somewhere I was getting abused? F**k no! We’re good, trust me.”
Although, the Grand Jury didn’t believe her.
After he was arrested Feb. 25 in Florida, speculators called his parenting into question, saying his mom wasn’t doing enough to help. The rapper’s mom was there to tell everyone to mind their business though.
“While your son locked up in jail, you on Live,” an Instagram user commented during YoungBoy’s mom’s Instagram video.
“What I’m supposed to be doing? B**tch, sittin’ in the cell with him?” she responded in an Instagram Live video. “We can’t get him out right now.” “I raised my children right, and guess what… Yo mamma didn’t raise you right. Cause if yo mamma raised you right, you would know better than not to talk to me like that,” she continued. “I’m not the one.”
She then added that she “raised him the only I know.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the rapper has faced legal repercussions. Less than one year ago, he found himself in front of judge, subsequently being sentenced to three years of probation for aggravated assault with a firearm. Coming with a 10-year suspended prison sentence, the charge stems from a drive-by shooting in Old South Baton Rouge in November of 2017.
The rapper, born Kentrell Gaulden, pled guilty to the charge after being booked back in February of last year on the much more serious charge of attempted first-degree murder. Rather than contest those two counts, Gaulden pled guilty to a lesser charge in May. At his sentencing hearing, Gaulden and the judge went back-and-forth about his rap career, violent choices, and young fatherhood.
“I wasn’t very happy with the circumstances of your case, not at all,” District Judge Bonnie Jackson told Gaulden, according to The Advocate. “I take full responsibility for what happened. I’m sorry,” Gaulden responded. “It wasn’t supposed to go that way.”
Jackson wasn’t quite buying Gaulden’s apologies, saying that he “went looking for trouble and found it.” The judge added that the only thing standing between Gaulden and a charge with a life sentence attached was poor aim.
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