Young Thug, hip-hop star, arrested on gang charges

Atlanta hip-hop artist Young Thug was arrested Monday on charges of participating in gang activity and violating Georgia’s racketeering law.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was indicted in a 56-count grand jury indictment that identified him and 27 other people as members of the criminal street gang Young Slime Life, or YSL, according to Atlanta news channel WSB TV. Channel 2. Some suspects were charged with violent crimes such as murder and attempted armed robbery, as well as participating in criminal activities of street gangs.

Fulton County prison records show that Williams was arrested on charges of conspiracy to violate the Extortion Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act for a January 2013 violation. In addition, he is charged with participating in criminal street gang activity for a May 2018 violation. .

The 88-page indictment alleges Williams is the founder of Young Slime Life, which claims to have ties to the National Bloods gang. According to WSB TV, it is accusing Williams of renting a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan that was used in the 2015 murder of rival gang member Donovan Thomas Jr.

The indictment also brings charges against Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, 28, an Atlanta top hit who goes by Gunna.

Williams, Kitchens and more than two dozen others named in the indictment are charged with conspiracy to violate Georgia’s statute of racketeering and corrupt organizations, heavily modeled on the 1970 federal law used to target top mobsters and mobsters. convicts who were involved in organized crime and often evade conviction.

Young Thug is one of the most influential acts to emerge from Atlanta’s vibrant hip-hop scene in the 2010s. Known for his melodic, mournful flow and gender-bending fashion aesthetic, he topped the Billboard 200 album chart three times, most recently with October’s LP “Punk,” which featured guest stars from Drake, Doja Cat, and the late Mac Miller.

Gunna’s most recent album, “DS4Ever,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second topping that chart. His single “Pushin P,” featuring Young Thug and Future, hit No. 7 on the Hot 100 and helped him win a “Saturday Night Live” slot in April.

Representatives for Young Thug and Gunna could not be reached for comment.

Gunna will perform in 2021.

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Williams’ arrest is being prosecuted by Fulton County Dist. atty. Fani Willis, a Democrat elected in 2020 who quickly found himself at the center of the firestorm over whether former President Trump and his associates committed voter fraud in Georgia.

Over the past year, Willis has led an extensive investigation into whether Trump and others may have violated the state’s RICO law when they allegedly tried to reverse the results of the 2020 election. Earlier this month, a jury was selected to hear evidence.

Willis has also tackled crime in Atlanta, a problem she has attributed to street gangs, a key mission of her tenure. Last November, she told a Georgia house committee that Atlanta had the fastest-rising crime rate during the pandemic of any major U.S. city. The homicide rate in Fulton County, she said, had increased by 48% since 2020.

“It’s not just the violence,” Willis told 11 Alive News, a local NBC affiliate, in February. β€œIt’s everything from car break-ins to burglaries to human trafficking to shootings. So the whole spectrum of crime is affected by gang violence.”

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