Podcast host Taxstone’s uphill battle to be exonerated of the crimes he’s being accused of just got a lot steeper. He has been officially indicted of weapons charges stemming from the infamous 2016 Irving Plaza shooting, where one man was killed and Troy Ave and others were injured.
According to court documents obtained by Bossip, a federal grand jury agreed that there is enough evidence to charge Tax, born Daryl Campbell, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and receiving a gun through interstate commerce.
The jury considered evidence which showed that Tax’s DNA was all over a 9-milimeter Kel-Tec semiautomatic handgun that was allegedly used in the crime. Being a felon residing in the state of New York, Campbell is unable to posses a firearm. Police also were able to prove that Tax obtained the weapon from out of state, another strike.
Prosecutors have not charged Campbell with the murder of Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, who was killed during the gunfire. Presumably they don’t have enough evidence to prove that Tax fired the fatal round.
Ave was initially arrested following the shooting and charged with attempted murder, after cameras captured him busting off a weapon in the venue. He pled not guilty and has continued to proclaim his innocence.
After rumors had been swirling in streets about Stone’s possible involvement, he was arrested on Jan. 16. Social media reportedly played a big role in helping authorities connect the podcaster to the crime.
Since Tax’s arrest, Troy Ave’s lawyer John B. Stella has come forward with a statement, which reads in part: “I view the charges brought today before the SDNY as a positive step in the direction of true justice for what occurred at Irving Plaza that night.”
The Tax Season host faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of both charges.
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