Bal­ti­more rap­per pleads guilty to hand­gun charge

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Justin Fen­ton jfen­ton@balt­

Kevron Evans, the Bal­ti­more rap­per bet­ter known as Young Moose, pleaded guilty to a hand­gun charge Wed­nes­day in Bal­ti­more Cir­cuit Court.

Evans is to be sen­tenced to three years in prison, ac­cord­ing to his at­tor­ney, Richard C.B. Woods, and a staffer for Judge Ti­mothy Doory. Be­cause Evans has been held since March, Woods said, he could be re­leased in six to nine months.

Evans, 23, be­came one of the city’s most pop­u­lar rap­pers, scor­ing a lo­cal hit with the song “Dumb Dumb” and record­ing with the New Or­leans rap­per Boosie Badazz. But a se­ries of ar­rests have kept him in and out of jail and court­rooms for the past two years.

Woods had pre­vi­ously ac­cused po­lice of ha­rass­ing his client.

The lat­est charges stemmed from a se­ries of raids po­lice con­ducted at lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing his mother’s home and an East Bal­ti­more cloth­ing store.

They came just two weeks be­fore Evans was to face trial on drug charges. In that case, po­lice cited his lyrics and im­agery from his mu­sic videos in a search war­rant.

“It seems to me ev­ery time he is ap­proach­ing trial, this kind of stuff hap­pens,” Woods said ear­lier this year. “I don’t know what the so­lu­tion is, ex­cept to fin­ish out the last case and get the hell out of Bal­ti­more.”

A judge dis­missed the drug charges at trial on March 17.

Evans was also ac­cused last fall of threat­en­ing a woman with a gun. A judge al­lowed him to leave jail with a mon­i­tor­ing de­vice so he could con­tinue film­ing a movie. Pros­e­cu­tors dropped all charges in that case in De­cem­ber.

While he was in­car­cer­ated, Evans’ brother was killed in Be­lair-Edi­son. Kevin Evans Jr., 26, was shot May 17. Lor Scoota, an­other pop­u­lar lo­cal rap­per with whom Evans had formed an al­liance, was shot to death in North­east Bal­ti­more in June.

After Evans en­tered his plea Wed­nes­day, Woods said the rap­per was look­ing for­ward to get­ting his ca­reer back on track.

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