by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) At first, Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck planned to release Taxstone on $500,000 bond and house arrest, but Manhattan Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan was convinced to hold the podcaster in custody.
Prosecutors argued Tax was a threat to the community and that witness testimony would prove he fired the fatal shot that killed Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
“Anyone familiar with the nuances of federal criminal litigation knows that this is par for the course,” Taxstone’s lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, told AllHipHop.com. “However, we are going to continue to vigorously defend the case and make intelligent decisions not rash and emotional ones.”
The Tax Season host was arrested on federal weapons violations, and he could also face charges in state court.
According to authorities, Taxstone’s DNA was found on a firearm used in the deadly shooting in New York City last May.
Brooklyn rapper Roland “Troy Ave” Collins, as well as innocent bystanders, were injured in the violent confrontation at the T.I. headlining concert.
Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter was killed during the incident.
The Feds are said to have witnesses that will show Taxstone fired the shot which took McPhatter’s life.
Montgomery has claimed prosecutors misrepresented his client as a gang member.