Atlanta Rapper Gunna will be released after pleading guilty to RICO charge

ATLANTA — Atlanta-based rapper Jonah has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to racketeering charges in a wide-ranging indictment against him, rapper Young Thug, and several other alleged members of the Young Slime Life crime syndicate.

We’re working to find out when the rapper will be released from prison, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m

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Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Wein He was the only TV journalist in the courtroom on Wednesday as Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, confronted a judge.

The rapper entered into a negotiated plea, known as Alvord’s plea, in which he pleaded guilty to one count as it was in his best interest while maintaining his innocence on the same charge. The charge was one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Act.

Gunna was sentenced to five years in prison with one prison served. The one-year sentence was commuted to the time he had served. The remaining balance has been suspended for four years in his sentence and will be subject to special conditions including 500 hours of community service.

After the verdict came down, the rapper issued a statement saying:

“While I have agreed to always be honest, I want to make it absolutely clear that I have not made any statements, have not been interviewed, have not cooperated, and have not agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in and have no intent Absolutely not to participate in the trial process in any way.”

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Despite saying he will not testify, a condition of Gunna’s trial is that he testify if called upon, even though he can claim the Fifth Amendment.

Gunna, Young Thug, and 26 others were arrested in May in a wide-ranging gang indictment that alleged that the YSL is a violent criminal street gang that committed multiple murders, shootings, and carjackings over the course of a decade. Prosecutors said the rapper promoted the gang’s activities in songs and on social media.

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In his statement on Wednesday, 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 with common interests and artistic aspirations,” Gunna wrote. “My focus at YSL was on entertainers – rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the black community.”

Jonah said he cherishes his association with YSL music and always will.

In a plea agreement previously obtained channel 2, The rapper swore he had personal knowledge that YSL members or associates had committed crimes to further the gang and appeared to distance himself from “YSL the gang” versus “YSL the label”.

“I recognize, accept, and deeply regret that my talent and music have indirectly promoted the YSL gang at the expense of my community,” Gunna admitted in the signed statement. “YSL as a gang must end.”

Gunna also testified in the plea bargain that he was in a car with Young Thug, whose real name was Jeffrey Williams, when officers stopped the car and found hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and a firearm inside. According to the plea agreement, Gunn claimed the gun and the drugs were not his. It is unclear if anyone else was in the car at the time.

Under the plea agreement, the rapper will have to perform 500 hours of community service, a large portion of which will require talking to young people about the dangers and corruption of gangs and gang violence.

He was also not allowed to carry a weapon during his sentence. If he breaches the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecutor has the right to overturn his suspended sentence.

Young Thug is still in prison.

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