'Making the Band' Star Wanted for Probation Violation
'Making the Band' Star Wanted for Probation Violation
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Young City, formerly called Chopper and known as Kevin Barnes in real life, is at odds with the law again. The former Making the Band star is now a wanted man after a Baltimore, Maryland judge issued a warrant for his arrest for violating his probation rooting from an armed robbery conviction.

This wasn’t Young City’s first encounter with the law.  Previously, he was convicted of robbing a man and holding a BB gun in Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore in 2001.  He was also arrested for the assault of his girlfriend in Georgia, in which he missed a court appearance relating to the case.

According to Elizabeth Bartholomew, spokeswoman for Maryland’s Division of Parole and Probation, the state issued a third warrant for his arrest after he failed to attend a probation appointment to begin his two-year parole sentence.

"Chopper failed to appear before his probation officer because Chopper expected to report to a Georgia probation officer not a Maryland one," Young City’s lawyer Paul Gardner said.

While the former star of Making the Band believes that he has already completed his sentence of 100 hours of community service, Maryland authorities strongly disagree.

Gardner has accused the Baltimore judge of jeopardising the rapper’s budding music career following his multi-million dollar deal with Cash Money Records.

"This judge is putting in danger a million-dollar deal over a BB gun when he was 16. If he's in jail, he can't record. Then there's no record deal," Gardner emphasised.

The troubled rapper got his break as part of the group Da Band, which was formed on MTV’s Making the Band 2. Initially called Chopper, he became the first artist on Bad Boy South, a record label founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, only to leave to sign with a New Orleans-based record label called Cash Money.


-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: World Entertainment News Network
(Image courtesy of MTV)