For the second time in as many years, prosecutors are asking a Baton Rouge judge to revoke rapper NBA YoungBoy’s probation in a 2016 drive-by shooting and send him to prison.
This time, an East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutor is citing Kentrell Gaulden’s Feb. 11 arrest in Atlanta — his second arrest in two years — in requesting state District Judge Bonnie Jackson to revoke Gaulden’s three-year probation and order him to serve a suspended 10-year prison sentence.
Gaulden’s attorney said Friday the 19-year-old rapper did nothing wrong in Atlanta and there is no need for a probation revocation.
“An arrest is simply an allegation. Our position is he didn’t do anything wrong,” lawyer James Manasseh said outside Jackson’s courtroom.
Gaulden, a Baton Rouge native, has been arrested twice since Jackson gave him the suspended 10-year prison term in August 2017 and put him on three years’ probation for an aggravated assault with a firearm guilty plea. The charge stemmed from a nonfatal 2016 drive-by shooting on Kentucky Street in Baton Rouge.
One of the special conditions of Gaulden’s probation was that he remain arrest- and conviction-free.
“It has become apparent to the State that the defendant has chosen to not abide by the conditions imposed by this Honorable Court,” Assistant District Attorney April Leon wrote in a probation revocation motion filed Thursday.
Manasseh and Leon appeared in Jackson’s courtroom Friday for a probation review hearing in Gaulden’s case, but the hearing was postponed until May 17. Gaulden was not in the courtroom.
Following a February 2018 arrest in Florida on a fugitive warrant from Georgia on domestic violence-related kidnapping and assault charges, Jackson added special conditions to Gaulden’s probation a month later but chose not to revoke his probation. Those charges are still pending.
Leon is seeking a revocation, calling Gaulden a “threat to society and the safety of others.”
Gaulden’s arrest earlier this month stemmed from an incident involving the housekeeping staff at an Atlanta hotel. Gaulden and a woman, Starr Thigpen, engaged in an altercation in their room with housekeeping staff after the staff members entered the room, Atlanta police said. Thigpen also was arrested.
Gauden was charged with disorderly conduct, use of fighting words, disorderly conduct-physical obstruction of another, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
Manasseh said one of the disorderly conduct charges was dismissed Thursday, and he expects the remaining charges to eventually be dropped as well.
Manasseh claims members of the hotel housekeeping staff entered Gaulden’s room without his permission to take pictures of him, not to clean the room.
“We expect all of the charges to be dismissed because he did nothing wrong,” Manasseh said.
Gaulden has earned his GED while on probation, Manasseh noted, and has performed half of the community service hours that Jackson ordered.