Louisiana judge orders rapper NBA YoungBoy back to jail

Photo Courtesy: Leon County Sheriff's Office

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge rapper, NBA YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, is back in a holding cell after a judge ruled to put his probation on hold.

Gaulden appeared in state District Judge Bonnie Jackson’s courtroom Friday, May 17 after prosecutors requested to have his probation revoked in a 2016 shooting case authorities believe was in retaliation for the death of another teenage rapper earlier that year.

Gaulden was sentenced to three years of probation with a suspended 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm. One of the conditions of his probation was that he remain free of additional arrests and convictions.

On Feb. 11, 2019, Gaulden was arrested in Atlanta after an incident at the Hyatt House in which Gaulden allegedly directed a woman to keep housekeeping staff out of the room. The woman, Starr Thigpen, reportedly assaulted one of the staff members, striking her in the face.

Judge Jackson ruled to put his probation on hold while the district attorney’s office investigates a social media video allegedly showing Gaulden making violent threats.

Gaulden will remain in jail until his next court hearing on June 21.

Sources close to the case say Gaulden will be put into solitary confinement, isolated from the general population, due to his celebrity status.

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