by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) At first, Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck planned to release Taxstone on $500,000 bond and house arrest, but Manhattan Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan was convinced to hold the podcaster in custody.
Prosecutors argued Tax was a threat to the community and that witness testimony would prove he fired the fatal shot that killed Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
“Anyone familiar with the nuances of federal criminal litigation knows that this is par for the course,” Taxstone’s lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, told AllHipHop.com. “However, we are going to continue to vigorously defend the case and make intelligent decisions not rash and emotional ones.”
The Tax Season host was arrested on federal weapons violations, and he could also face charges in state court.
Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter was killed during the incident.
The Feds are said to have witnesses that will show Taxstone fired the shot which took McPhatter’s life.
Montgomery has claimed prosecutors misrepresented his client as a gang member.