NEW YORK — A hip hop podcast host has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a bodyguard at a concert by the rapper T.I. last year.
Daryl Campbell, who goes by the name Taxstone, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a Keltec 9mm handgun he brought to the Irving Plaza nightclub in New York on May 25, 2016, that was used to fatally shoot Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
Campbell, 31, had a prior felony conviction which made it illegal for him to possess a firearm. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.
The melee broke out in the green room of the music venue when Campbell confronted the rapper Troy Ave. with whom had had a long-running beef, prosecutors said. Troy Ave., whose real name is Roland Collins, and two innocent bystanders were also wounded in the exchange.
Prosecutors said that DNA from Campbell, Collins and McPhatter was found on the murder weapon, and video surveillance footage from the club showed Troy Ave. also firing the gun.
Prosecutors told the judge they believe Campbell fired the fatal shot. Collins, who was shot again on Christmas Day as he sat behind the wheel of his Maserati in Brooklyn, has been charged in state court with attempted murder for his role in the club shooting.
Collins’ lawyer has argued that his client was not the aggressor and had acted in self-defense, having fired only after wrestling the gun away from Campbell.
Troy Ave. proclaimed his innocence in a rap song he recorded over the phone from Rikers Island
“I’m innocent, unless you charging me with being real from the very beginning,” he rapped. “I’m innocent. That’s a fact though.”