Atlanta rapper Gunna pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a sweeping gang indictment against him, rapper Young Thug, and several other alleged members of the Young Slime Life criminal street gang. Gunna was arrested earlier this year along with Young Thug and 26 other people.
In May, Fulton Country prosecutors received an 88-page indictment that said members of the Young Slime Life criminal street gang committed violent crimes to raise money for the gang, promote its reputation and grow its power and territory. It claimed YSL has committed multiple murders, shootings, and carjackings over the course of a decade.
Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, appeared in court and entered a negotiated plea, also known as an Alford plea, which allows a person to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that it is in his best interest to plead guilty. The charge was one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption (RICO) Act.
The 29-year-old rapper was sentenced to five years with one to be served in prison. The one year was commuted to time served. The remaining four-year balance on his sentence has been suspended and will be subject to special conditions including 500 hours of community service.
“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 said in the statement after the sentence came down.
Gunna said that when he joined YSL in 2016, he didn’t consider it a gang, but “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.”
Gunna added he cherishes his association with YSL music and always will. He is not permitted to carry a gun during the term of his sentence. If he violates the conditions of the plea agreement, the district attorney has the right to revoke his suspended sentence.
The trial for others charged in the indictment will start next month. Young Thug remains in jail.