Gunna, the rapper who was arrested in Atlanta in Could as a part of a RICO case towards the Younger Slime Life (YSL) gang, was launched from jail Wednesday after getting into a negotiated responsible plea on a racketeering conspiracy cost.
The 29-year-old rapper, whose actual title is Sergio Kitchens, was sentenced to 5 years in jail with 4 years suspended, in accordance with WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta. The one-year sentence was then commuted to time served, with particular situations that embody 500 hours of group service.
Gunna entered what’s referred to as an Alford plea, which permits an individual to plead responsible — whereas nonetheless sustaining innocence — if it’s believed the prosecution’s proof would probably end in a responsible verdict at trial.
“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 stated in a press release obtained by The Instances from his lawyer Steve Sadow.
Gunna stated within the assertion that he didn’t take into account YSL to be a “gang” when he turned affiliated with the group in 2016. He stated he thought it was “more like a group of people from metro Atlanta who had common interests and artistic aspirations” and maintained that his focus in YSL was “entertainment — rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community.”
“I love and cherish my association with YSL music, and always will,” Gunna stated within the assertion. “I look at this as an opportunity to give back to my community and educate young men and women that ‘gangs’ and violence only lead to destruction.”
A 56-count grand jury indictment in Could recognized Gunna, Younger Thug (actual title Jeffery Lamar Williams) and 26 others as members of YSL, a legal avenue gang. A few of the defendants have been charged with violent crimes reminiscent of homicide and tried armed theft. Authorities have stated Williams and Kitchens are leaders within the gang, however their attorneys have contested the costs for months, the AJC reported.
The indictment additionally alleged that 31-year-old Younger Thug was a founding father of the YSL gang and alleged he was linked to offenses in 2013 and 2018. He stays in jail, pending trial, with jury choice set for Jan. 4.
Final week, a grand jury charged the 31-year-old with 4 further counts associated to a Could 2021 incident the place he allegedly drove 120 miles per hour on an Atlanta freeway, FOX5 Atlanta reported Tuesday.