Friday, June 16, 2017

[REPORT]: Podcast Host Taxstone Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charges

Hip-hop podcaster Taxstone, real name Daryl Campbell, has reportedly pleaded guilty Thursday (June 15) to two federal weapons counts from the 2016 Irving Plaza shooting. 

According to the New York Daily News, Campbell -- who was arrested earlier this year -- copped to possessing a firearm as a felon and receiving a firearm in interstate commerce. 
The May 25, 2016, shooting took place before a scheduled T.I. concert, leaving three injured -- including rapper Troy Ave, with whom Taxstone had a public beef -- and Troy Ave's bodyguard Ronald McPhatter dead.

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While the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office did not charge the 31-year-old, who hosts the interview podcast Tax Season, with murder, prosecutors told the judge that Campbell brought a firearm to the venue and fired multiple shots, including the one that killed McPhatter.

Campbell faces 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-


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.

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