(AllHipHop News) A new prosecutor was assigned to a case involving rapper Kevin Gates in Lakeland, Florida, where he is accused of battery, after kicking a female fan during a performance.
According to the Lakeland Ledger, state prosecutors replaced Assistant State Attorney Brittany Shell, who was booted from the case after she asked Kevin Gates for an autograph following a motion to dismiss the trial.
Gates was performing at Rumors Niteclub, when a 19-year-old woman named Miranda Dixon tugged on the rapper’s shorts during a performance.
Kevin Gates wasn’t in the mood for being accosted by the fan, so he kicked the woman with such force, that it caused bruising to her stomach, according to reports.
Now, prosecutors are offering the rapper a plea deal that would require him to serve some time in jail and probation.
If he goes to trial over the incident, Kevin Gates could be sentenced to up to a year in jail for the battery charge, which is a misdemeanor.
Last month, Gates and his defense team lost an attempt to have the case thrown out under Florida’s “stand your ground” laws.