ATLANTA – Atlanta rapper Gunna, rapper Young Thug and other members of the Young Slim Life criminal street gang have pleaded guilty to gang charges.
We are working to find out when the rapper will be released from prison on Channel 2 Action News from 4pm
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Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Wynn Guna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, was the only television reporter in the hearing Wednesday when he met the judge.
The rapper entered a plea bargain, known as an Alford plea, in which he pleaded guilty to one count because it was for his benefit while maintaining his innocence in the same count. The charges are Racketeer Influence and Conspiracy to Violate the Corrupt Practices Act.
Guna was sentenced to five years, one of which he spent in prison. A one-year sentence was commuted. The balance of the four-year sentence will be suspended and special conditions will be served, including 500 hours of community service.
The rapper released a statement after the sentence was handed down.
“While I have agreed to be truthful at all times, I want to make it absolutely clear that I have not made any statements, interviewed, cooperated, testified or agreed to testify or rebut. issue and have no intention of participating in the trial process in any way.
Even if he says he will not testify, he can invoke the Fifth Amendment, but if called, testifying is a condition of a guna trial.
Guna, Young Thug and 26 others were arrested in May, indicted by a criminal gang that YSL is a violent street gang that has carried out numerous murders, shootings and carjackings over a decade. Prosecutors said the rappers promoted the movement through songs and social media.
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In a statement Wednesday, Guna wrote that when he joined YSL in 2016, he didn’t consider it a team, but “a group of people from metro Atlanta who shared common interests and artistic aspirations.” “My focus at YSL was entertainment — rap artists writing and performing music that extolled and celebrated urban life in the black community.”
Guna says he values his association with YSL Music and always will.
In the plea agreement obtained channel 2, The rapper appears to have distanced himself from “YSL the band” and “YSL the label,” claiming to have personal knowledge of YSL members or associates committing crimes to promote the gang.
“I understand, accept and am deeply saddened that my talent and music is indirectly harming my community by promoting the YSL gang,” Guna said at the signing. “YSL needs to finish as a team.
Guna was in a car with Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, when officers pulled the car over and found hydrocodone, methamphetamine and a firearm, according to the plea agreement. According to the plea agreement, Gunn said the gun and drugs were not his. It is unclear if anyone else was in the car at the time.
Under the plea agreement, Rapp will have to perform 500 hours of community service, a high portion of which requires him to speak to youth about the dangers and immorality of gangs and gang violence.
He will not be allowed to carry a gun during his sentence. If he violates the plea agreement, the district attorney has the right to revoke the suspended sentence.
The young thug is in jail.
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