Rapper Gunna, indicted with Younger Thug, surrenders to police, booked into Atlanta jail on racketeering cost

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Rapper Gunna, indicted with fellow rapper Younger Thug and greater than two dozen others for his or her roles in a violent Atlanta, Georgia, avenue gang that dedicated a number of murders, shootings and carjackings for over roughly a decade and promoted its actions in songs and on social media, was in custody Wednesday after surrendering to authorities. 

The 28-year-old rapper Gunna, whose authorized title is Sergio Giavonni Kitchens, was booked within the Fulton County Jail within the Atlanta space early Wednesday morning. 

An indictment filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court docket accuses Gunna of violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering legislation towards organized crime. 

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Gunna, alongside rapper Younger Thug, whose authorized title is Jeffery Lamar Williams, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, co-founded Younger Slime Life, a violent felony avenue gang generally generally known as YSL that’s affiliated with the nationwide Bloods gang in late 2012, in keeping with Fulton County prosecutors.  

The 88-page indictment features a wide-ranging listing of 181 gang-related acts that prosecutors say had been dedicated beginning in 2013 as a part of the alleged RICO conspiracy to additional the gang’s pursuits. 

Gunna and Young Thug perform at half-time at the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics on Nov. 17, 2021, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.  

Gunna and Younger Thug carry out at half-time on the recreation between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics on Nov. 17, 2021, at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta.  
(Adam Hagy/NBAE)

Younger Thug, who co-wrote the hit “This is America” with Infantile Gambino, making historical past when it turned the primary hip-hop observe to win the track of the yr Grammy in 2019, was arrested on Monday at his dwelling in Buckhead, an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta. Eppinger was already in jail and is accused of capturing an Atlanta police officer six instances in February.

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Gunna, who’s signed to Thug’s Younger Stoner Life file label, scored his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “DS4Ever” this yr. 

The Grammy-nominated artist is thought for enhancing the viral catchphrase “Pushin P,” a time period used recurrently on social media by athletes akin to LeBron James and Dez Bryant, together with skilled sports activities groups such because the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors. Gunna has stated the time period relies on “keeping it real.”

This image provided by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office shows rapper Gunna, whose given name is Sergio Kitchens. 

This picture offered by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace reveals rapper Gunna, whose given title is Sergio Kitchens. 
(Fulton County Sheriff’s Workplace by way of AP)

“As the district attorney of Fulton County, my number one focus is targeting gangs,” Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis instructed reporters at a press convention Tuesday. “And there’s a reason for that. They are committing, conservatively, 75 to 80% of all of the violent crime that we are seeing within our community. And so they have to be booted out of our community.” 

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“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes and certainly if those crimes are in furtherance of a street gang, that you are going to become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office, and we are going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” she added. 

Gunna was not in custody on the time of Tuesday’s  press convention, Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat stated. 

In 2015, Younger Thug rented an Infiniti sedan that 5 alleged gang members used after they shot and killed a rival gang member, the indictment says.

Gunna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the

Gunna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute profit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Might 2, 2022, in New York. 
(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Younger Thug and Gunna in 2017 had methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana that they meant to distribute and had been concerned in a visitors cease the next yr by which one of many autos had quite a few weapons with high-capacity magazines, together with an AK-47, in keeping with the indictment.

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It quotes lyrics from a number of music video appearances by Younger Thug, together with one from 2018 by which he says, “I never killed anybody, but I got something to do with that body,” and, “I told them to shoot hundred rounds.” Willis stated she respects the First Modification proper to free speech, however she believes the track lyrics cited within the indictment are “overt and predicate acts” that help the RICO cost.

“The First Amendment does not protect people from prosecutors using it as evidence if it is so,” she stated.

The indictment additionally accuses members of the gang of attempting to kill rapper YFN Lucci, whose actual title is Rayshawn Bennett, by “stabbing and stabbing at” him with a shank within the Fulton County Jail. YFN Lucci was amongst a dozen individuals charged in a separate gang-related RICO indictment in Fulton County a yr in the past. 

Monday’s indictment additionally says it was an alleged member of the gang who shot at a bus in 2015 that was carrying rapper Lil Wayne.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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