Atlanta Rapper Gunna Pleads Guilty In Racketeering Case

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Gunna, who was arrested earlier this 12 months together with fellow rapper Younger Thug and greater than two dozen different folks, on Wednesday pleaded responsible in Atlanta to a racketeering conspiracy cost, in line with an announcement launched by his attorneys.

Fulton County prosecutors in Might obtained the sprawling 88-page indictment that mentioned members of the Younger Slime Life felony avenue gang dedicated violent crimes to gather cash for the gang, promote its status and develop its energy and territory.

Gunna, whose given title is Sergio Kitchens, appeared in court docket Wednesday and entered what is named an Alford plea, which permits an individual to take care of his innocence whereas acknowledging that it’s in his finest curiosity to plead responsible.

“While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been interviewed, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way,” the rapper mentioned within the assertion.

Kitchens was sentenced to 5 years, with credit score for time served and the stability suspended, mentioned Steve Sadow, certainly one of his attorneys. He additionally should do 500 hours of group service, together with 350 hours talking “to young men and women about the hazards and immorality of gangs and gang violence, and the decay that it causes in our communities,” Sadow wrote in an electronic mail. He additionally isn’t allowed to have any weapons or to have contact with others charged besides by way of his attorneys or music label.

The trial for others charged within the indictment is about to start subsequent month.

Gunna performs at London’s Wi-fi Music Pageant in 2021. The rapper entered into what is named an Alford plea, which permits an individual to take care of his innocence whereas acknowledging that it’s in his finest curiosity to plead responsible.

Younger Thug, whose given title is Jeffery Lamar Williams, co-wrote the hit “This is America” with Infantile Gambino, making historical past when it grew to become the primary hip-hop observe to win the tune of the 12 months Grammy in 2019. Fulton County prosecutors say that in late 2012, he and two others based Younger Slime Life, a violent felony avenue gang that’s generally referred to as YSL and is affiliated with the nationwide Bloods gang. He has pleaded not responsible to the costs towards him.

Individually, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported that Walter Murphy, one other particular person charged within the indictment, entered a responsible plea Tuesday. Prosecutors have mentioned he cofounded the Younger Slime Life gang with Williams. Murphy was sentenced to 10 years, with one 12 months commuted to time served and 9 years of probation, the newspaper reported.

Kitchens mentioned in his assertion that when he grew to become affiliated with YSL in 2016, he didn’t contemplate it a gang however quite “a group of people from metro Atlanta who had common interests and artistic aspirations.” His focus was leisure, he mentioned, “rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community.”

Kitchens is signed to Williams’ Younger Stoner Life file label. He scored his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “DS4Ever” this 12 months.