A jury of six women found Kevin Gates guilty of battery Wednesday, October 26, in a PolkCounty, Florida courtroom.
He was sentenced to 180 days in Jail, with credit for any time that has been already served, in addition to fines and court costs. Gates, got upset when 18-year-old fan Miranda Dixon grabbed his pants during a concert In August of 2015 at Rumor’s Nite Club in Lakeland, Florida. The rapper reacted by allegedly kicking Dixon in the chest. She was later admitted to the hospital, where she had to undergo a CT scan.
Video of the incident went viral instantly. “She told me that she was excited to see him and next thing she knows she was kicked in the chest and she was passed out,” Dixon's mother Kristy Irelan told WFLA.
During a previous hearing Gates and his attorney, Jose Baez, admitted the rapper kicked Dixon, but attempted to have the charges dropped using the Stand Your Ground defense.
That argument fell on deaf ears. The jury found him guilty after deliberating for less than two hours.