Taxstone Pleads Guilty on Federal Gun Charges, Faces up to 20 Years in Prison
The online personality admitted to possessing a firearm as a felon and also admitted to receiving a firearm in interstate commerce in relation to the shooting that left three injured including Troy Ave. During the shootout, Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, was killed in the crossfire.
Although the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office did not charge Taxstone with a federal murder charge, they did argue that he brought a gun to Irving Plaza and “fired one shot that killed Ronald McPhatter.” If Taxstone is convicted of the charges, he could face up to 20 years in a federal prison, the New York Daily News reports.
According to prosecutor, the DNA of Taxstone as well as the DNA from Troy Ave and McPhatter were found on the gun. Troy Ave has been charged with attempted murder for his role in the shooting, but he argues that he pulled the gun away from the shooter, and fired back to defend himself.
In an April letter sent to the judge, Taxstone’s lawyer argued that the podcaster had made a better life for himself. “After several mistakes in his life, Mr. Campbell has made efforts to change his life around and seek redemption through his occupation as a podcaster and music and entertainment insider,” the lawyer’s letter read.