Taxstone Indicted on Weapons Charges By Federal Grand Jury
Things are not looking good for Taxstone. The podcaster has been indicted by a federal grand jury on weapons charges stemming from a deadly shooting involving Troy Ave last year at Irving Plaza in New York.
According to BOSSIP, a federal grand jury have found sufficient evidence to indict Taxstone, whose real name is Daryl Campbell, on on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and receiving a gun through interstate commerce.
In the indictment papers, filed on Feb. 16, federal prosecutors alleged that Taxstone was in possession of an illegal 9-millimeter Kel-Tec semi-automatic handgun on the night of the shooting. Authorities believe he used the gun before the shooting and footage shows him entering Irving Plaza’s V.I.P. room before the gunfire and then fleeing.
Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, was fatally shot in the chest during the melee. In a separate federal complaint, prosecutors stated that a person who is not named, but who appears to be Troy Ave, was also holding the Kel-Tec and firing it toward a fleeing Taxstone. The rapper was shot in his leg during the confrontation.
The gun also has Troy Ave’s DNA and it was later found in a van that transported the Brooklyn rapper to the hospital after the shooting. Troy Ave has since pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in this case.
Federal prosecutors also claim that Taxstone obtained the unregistered firearm from out of state. The 33-year-old podcaster has been held without bail in federal custody since January.
Taxstone, who host the popular podcast Tax Season, had a growing feud with Troy Ave often criticizing him and his music as not being authentic. In the past he has accused Troy Ave of taking the shine away from the now incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
Attorneys for Taxstone had no comment on the indictment. Meanwhile, Troy Ave’s lawyer, John Stella, declined to make a statement on Taxstone’s indictment. “He (Troy Ave) doesn’t have anything to say about it, and we’re going to be reserving comment,” she told BOSSIP.