No out of state concerts for NBA YoungBoy due to probation violation, judge rules

No out of state concerts for NBA YoungBoy due to probation violation, judge rules
Kentrell Gaulden (Leon County Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge rapper is going to have to cancel several of his upcoming show dates. That's because a judge made a change to the terms of his probation due to a recent violation.

Kentrell Gaulden, aka NBA YoungBoy, was arrested on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida for a warrant that was issued for his arrest in Waycross, Georgia.

On Friday, May 18, Gaulden appeared in Judge Bonnie Jackson's courtroom in Baton Rouge for a probation hearing.

Gaulden is on probation after pleading guilty on August 22, 2017 to one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

The original charge was attempted first-degree murder for his part in a drive-by shooting that happened in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street on November 2, 2016. He was arrested in Austin, TX at a concert and was brought back to Louisiana.

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Due to his plea deal, Judge Jackson suspended Gaulden's sentence and placed him on active supervised probation for three years. The terms of his probation include remaining alcohol and drug free, serving 250 hours of court approved community service work or an anti-violence production, and to refrain from criminal conduct.

Although Gaulden's probation violation could have sent him to jail to serve out his original sentence, Judge Jackson continued Gaulden's probation with special court ordered restrictions.

They include:

  • No social media postings
  • Must reside in New Orleans
  • Enroll in GED program
  • Complete a domestic violence program with Greater Baton Rouge Services
  • Have a GPS monitor installed
  • Do not leave the state for at least 6 months
  • Undergo counseling
  • Complete community service work with New Orleans Mission
  • Refrain from any bars or clubs

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, during the probation hearing Judge Jackson spent a little over 20 minutes talking to Gaulden about his lack of maturity and ineffective decision making. She also spoke about the culture of rap music and its references to violence.

During the hearing Gaulden submitted a list of locations where he's scheduled for concerts. Judge Jackson only granted three of the 12 concerts; one in Lafayette, New Orleans and Monroe.

Gaulden's next court date is scheduled for July 20, 2018.

Gaulden's first mixtape, "Life Before Fame," was released in 2015. He is best known for his songs "Untouchable," "No Smoke," "Solar Eclipse" and "Outside Today" which peaked at #95, #61 and #39 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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