Brooklyn rapper, Troy Ave is finally a free man after being arrested in connection to the TI concert shooting that left his bodyguard dead back in May.
According to the NY Daily News, the rapper was released on a $500,000 bond after his mother put up her Brooklyn home. Even though it probably feels good to be home, Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, has a whole lot of rules he has to abide by if he wants to remain free for the time being.
Collins has to wear an ankle bracelets that bars him from leaving the city of NY as well as stay away from any performance venues which include clubs, arenas, and concert halls. Unfortunately for him, the terms of his release stops him from seeing his two children as well as his money flow since he will have to cancel a ton of appearances. And if you think he’s off the hook for the death of his bodyguard/ childhood friend, Ronald McPhatter’s death, guess again. Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass says that an investigation into McPhatter’s death is still underway but Troy isn’t being cooperative.
“What is clear is that the investigation from the outset has been hampered by the defendant who not only fired and removed the weapon from the crime scene, he refused to help in any way [to identify] who killed McPhatter,” Steinglass said.
As of right now Troy has been charged with attempted murder, weapons possession as well as other felony charges stemming from the deadly shootout where he was also shot in the leg. His attorney seems to be very hopeful about the courts seeing that the Troy acted in self defense as he argues that Troy wrestled the gun away from the initial threat before firing back.
“We feel that we have a case to present that’s ultimately going to exonerate him and indicate that his actions were justified,” his attorney John Stella told reporters.
As for his Troy’s mother, she wasn’t here for theatrics at all. “No comment,” she told reporters outside of the courtroom. “Respect people’s privacy. How about that?”
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