According to reports, YSL rapper Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, has taken a plea deal on Wednesday (Dec.14), according to his lawyers Steve Sadow and Don Samuel, after which he was given a time-served, suspended sentence.
Gunna has been released from Fulton County Jail hours after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy.
— Rap Alert (@rapalert6) December 14, 2022
The move follows his arrest in May, alongside other YSL members, following investigations into a RICO case in which the group was charged with multiple counts, including engaging in street gang crimes such as narcotics possession, armed robbery, attempted murder, and aggravated assault.
Gunna initially entered a not-guilty plea to conspiring to violate the RICO Act; but, by taking the Alford deal, the rapper has implicitly admitted to the crimes while still claiming his innocence. With such an agreement, the offender can escape the unknowns of a trial and a significantly worse sentence.
In a statement given to Complex, Gunna said, “When I became affiliated with YSL in 2016, I did not consider it a ‘gang’; more like a group of people from metro Atlanta who had common interests and artistic aspirations.
“My focus of YSL was entertainment – rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community. 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.”
He goes on to add, “I have chosen to end my own RICO case with an Alford plea and end my personal ordeal by publicly acknowledging my association with YSL. An Alford plea in my case is the entry of a guilty plea to the one charge against me, which is in my best interest, while at the same time maintaining my innocence toward the same charge. I love and cherish my association with YSL music, and always will. 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.”
Gunna’s suspended sentence will be subject to a number of stipulations, including 500 hours of community service, according to WSBTV.
At the time of publication, it is unknown whether Young Thug would strike a comparable deal, as the rapper, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, is still incarcerated and awaiting trial in January.
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