A federal judge reversed course Friday and said local rapper NBA YoungBoy does not have to remain jailed while awaiting trial in Baton Rouge on weapons charges but will be under 24-hour house arrest in Utah.
Chief U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick, of Baton Rouge, said the chart-topping rap artist, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, must post a $1.5 million property bond or put $500,000 cash into a trust account of his attorneys before he can be released to home confinement.
One of Gaulden’s attorneys, Andre Belanger, said Gaulden also must make an appearance next week before a judge in Los Angeles on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and be released on bond there before he can begin his house arrest in Utah on his Louisiana weapons charges.Belanger said he expects prosecutors to fight for Gaulden’s detention in California, but added he’s “cautiously optimistic” that something similar to what happened in Baton Rouge federal court Friday will occur in Los Angeles.
“We are grateful for Mr. Gaulden’s release and know he will abide by the bail conditions imposed by the court,” Belanger said.
Gaulden was relieved by the judge’s ruling, the lawyer added.
“That’s been on his mind non-stop,” Belanger said.
Federal prosecutors asked Dick to stay the ruling she made Friday, but Belanger said the judge denied that request.
Gaulden has been in federal custody since March 22 when agents arrested him in California and returned him to Louisiana. A federal grand jury in Baton Rouge had indicted him March 10 on charges that he possessed a firearm as a felon and that he possessed a firearm not registered to him in a federal database.
A gun was found in his possession when he was arrested in California on the Louisiana charges.
Dick had ruled April 1 that Gaulden should remain jailed until a trial on the Baton Rouge weapons charges, saying he was “inclined toward reckless, illegal, dangerous behavior” and adding that there was no combination of bond conditions that would ensure the community’s safety.