Taxstone has been found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, bodyguard of Troy Ave, who was one of three people shot during an altercation inside Irving Plaza in 2016.
“Daryl Campbell was convicted of killing a man and shooting three others during a tragic and deadly confrontation in a packed New York City music venue,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement, obtained by Pitchfork. “In addition to seriously injuring his rival and killing his rival’s bodyguard, Mr. Campbell shot innocent bystanders and put hundreds of other lives at risk. We will vigorously prosecute anyone who commits this type of deadly violence.”
Reporter and author Shawn Setaro shared the news of Taxstone’s conviction, along with an explanation of the difference between a murder and manslaughter charge.
Setaro reports the manslaughter charge was added by the state just before deliberations got underway, and would only be considered if the jury found Taxstone not guilty of murder in the second degree.
Troy Ave, who delivered his account of the alleged struggle with rival Taxstone over the gun that was used to kill Banga, has yet to publicly respond to the conviction. T.I. was billed as the headliner at Irving Plaza on the night of the shooting.
Taxstone is set to be sentenced on April 19.