A Baton Rouge state judge has decided not to revoke Louisiana rap artist Kentrell Gaulden's probation in the wake of his recent arrest in Florida, opting instead to add a host of special conditions to his three-year probationary period.
Gaulden, 18, a well-known Baton Rouge rapper who now lives in New Orleans, performs under the name YoungBoy Never Broke Again.
He pleaded guilty in May to a reduced aggravated assault with a firearm charge in a nonfatal 2016 drive-by shooting on Kentucky Street in Baton Rouge, and was given a suspended 10-year prison term in August and put on active supervised probation for three years by District Judge Bonnie Jackson. One of the terms of his probation was that he remain arrest- and conviction-free.
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Jackson warned Gaulden in August that "failure is not an option." He told the judge then that he had made a mistake and learned from it.
After Gaulden was arrested Feb. 25 in Tallahassee, Florida, on a fugitive warrant from Georgia on domestic violence-related kidnapping and assault charges, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office filed a motion asking Jackson to revoke his probation. In the motion, prosecutor April Leon called Gaulden "a threat to society and the safety of others."
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Gaulden's attorney, James Manasseh, has said the allegation in Georgia is serious but "not nearly as severe as it's been made out to be."
After Gaulden, Manasseh, Leon and Gaulden's probation officer appeared before Jackson late last week, the judge ordered that Gaulden have a GPS monitor installed, complete a domestic abuse violence program, undergo counseling and complete community service work at the New Orleans Mission.
Jackson also said Gaulden is to reside in New Orleans; refrain from bars or clubs; not leave Louisiana for at least the next six months, except to travel to Atlanta for court appearances; have no social media postings; and enroll in a GED program.
The judge will review his probation May 18.
Leon said the probation revocation motion has not been withdrawn, but merely tabled.
In the Kentucky Street incident in November 2016, police said Gaulden was one of two gunmen who hopped out of a car and opened fire at several people. Another passenger in the car with Gaulden was shot in the neck during the gunfire but survived. Gaulden was booked on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
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Gaulden’s singles “Outside Today” and “No Smoke” have appeared lately on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.