Atlanta rap star Young Thug arrested on gang-related charges

Mr. Williams is mentioned as having committed a number of illegal acts for which he is not charged, but which are described as “open acts” in support of the group’s criminal conspiracy. Among those complaints are a case of a death threat to a man in a shopping center and possession of methamphetamine with the intention of distributing it. Mr. Williams is also alleged to have rented a silver Infiniti Q50 sedan that was used in the commission of the murder of a rival gang member, Donovan Thomas Jr., in January 2015.

Five men are charged with murder in connection with Mr. Tomas’ death. One of them, Deamonte Kendrick, is identified as Yak Gotti, a rapper for the YSL label.

Contacted Monday night with Drew Findling, a lawyer who has represented Mr. Williams in the past, he declined to comment. On Tuesday morning, Brian Steel, an attorney for Mr. Williams, said the YSL was not a street gang. “Mr. Williams came from an incredibly horrible upbringing, and has behaved throughout his life in a way that is simply something to marvel at,” Mr. Steel said. He has committed no crime. The allegation is baseless to include him. .

Also charged with a racketeering charge is Sergio Kitchens, the well-known rapper who introduces himself as Gunna. The indictment alleges that he committed serious crimes, including receiving stolen property and possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them.

In previous court documents, prosecutors have described how another group of gangs affiliated with the Bloods are engaged in a hostile rivalry with Young Slime Life. In April 2021, Ms. Willis indicted a dozen people said to be gang members in that rival group, including Rayshawn Bennett, another famous rap artist whose stage name is YFN Lucci. Mr. Bennett was charged with, among other things, felony murder in connection with a drive-by shooting. Monday’s indictment charges three people accused of being YSL members with attempted murder in an attack on Mr. Bennett, who was stabbed in jail in February.

“I’m not impressed with the fact that you’re a rapper, that’s not going to prevent you from being charged by default,” Ms. Willis told a news conference in April, in which she criticized a judge for granting Christian bail. Eppinger, who raps under the name Big Bhris, is reported to be a member of Young Slime Life and is accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer six times. in February. “If they did commit acts of violence, and if we have enough evidence to substantiate that, there will be indictments,” Ms Willis said.

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