The former podcast host, real name Daryl Campbell, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Tuesday for killing Ronald “Banga” McPhatter at a T.I. show at New York City's Irving Plaza venue in 2016. Taxstone quickly took to Twitter to proclaim his innocence and questioned whether he'd actually spend 35 years behind bars.
“Just got 35 years for being victimized and reversing the situation,” he said. “The beauty in it all is, I’m not doing 35. Be safe though."
As for Troy Ave, he celebrated his foe's prison sentence by selling t-shirts with the podcaster’s face embroidered over a picture of Kevin Durant during his time at the Oklahoma City Thunder. The jersey has also been augmented to read Jail City with the number 35, alluding to Taxstone's sentence. Troy also asked fans to help name the new album he'd be dropping on Friday.
"Need y’all help real quick, So Im sending A 35 dollar cash app to whoever leaves the best Album Title in the comments below," Troy wrote. "Album Drop Friday so hurry up. Oh yea we got [fire emoji] New Merch on the website too #swipeleft orders yours now the sale only last 35 Hrs. #DearHaterIWon #SpreadLoveDestroyHate."
A grand jury found Taxstone guilty of manslaughter on March 23 in connection to the 2016 shooting of BSB affiliate Ronald McPhatter, also known as Banga. Initially, both Taxstone and Troy Ave were arrested, with the latter facing charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. However, he received a reduced sentence after testifying against Taxstone, and even dropped a diss track aimed at him called "Dear Hater, I Won (Taxstone Found Guilty)."
In a follow-up interview with Nick Cannon's The Daily Cannon back in May, Troy Ave spoke extensively about how the shooting transpired.
“Now we fighting for the gun and shit, he start squeezing those shots. I’m biting the n***a on his neck, he’s biting my forearm. I managed to get more control of the gun than him, I just start pistol-whipping him. I turn around to make sure everyone I came in with is good… We leave out the room, and this is the part they showed on the media. This is the part that made it look like Troy Ave came into a club recklessly and started shooting.”
He continued: “What people don’t realize is I was coming out of a VIP room where I was attacked and I was shot. When I’m shooting, is when I see him."