08-26-2016 KEVIN

Kevin Gates In Court Snitching On Himself

BARTOW - The State Attorney's Office made a plea offer of jail time and probation in rapper Kevin Gates' battery case.

Gates, whose real name is Kevin Jerome Gilyard, was not at a hearing Thursday when County Judge Sharon Franklin set a trial date for Oct. 24. Neither side would discuss details of the proposed plea deal. Gates' lawyer, Sean Landers, said he planned to discuss the details of the offer with Gates. If convicted, Gates faces up to a year in jail for the misdemeanor battery charge.

Gates is accused of kicking 19-year-old Miranda Dixon on Aug. 30, 2015, at Rumors Niteclub, located off Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland, while he was performing in front of a packed club. Dixon twice grabbed Gates' shorts before she was kicked.

Dixon has said she suffered bruising to her stomach. In July, Franklin rejected a motion by Gates that the misdemeanor battery charge against him be dismissed based on Florida's "stand your ground" law.

"While a simple act of touching or pushing someone without his or her consent may amount to simple battery, the Court finds that such a minor act does not necessarily rise to such a level as to justify the use of force in return," Franklin wrote in her decision.

In her five-page order, Franklin wrote that Dixon's testimony was more believable and Gates' testimony was "troubling in terms of his credibility." At a July 28 hearing, Gates described how there was no one on stage with him that night. But Franklin said a video showed there were at least seven other men and a child on stage.

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