Rapper Gunna, who was arrested alongside Young Thug earlier this year as part of a massive gang indictment, pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in Atlanta, according to his attorneys.
Gunna surrendered to authorities in May after he was named as a member of the Atlanta-based Young Slime Life [YSL] street gang, which is accused of committing violent crimes to finance the gang and grow its reputation and power, prosecutors said in a massive 88-page RICO indictment that named more than two dozen others.
The rapper, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, entered an Alford plea in court on Wednesday, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, allowing him to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that it is in his best interests to plead guilty.
“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.
Gunna’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said in a statement that the defense was “extremely pleased” to have been “able to resolve his case on such favorable terms,” the Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported.
The “Pushin P” rapper, 29, was sentenced to five years in prison, with one year commuted for time served and the remaining four years suspended, according to his attorney.
He was released from prison on Wednesday, according to the Constitution Journal.
He must also complete 500 hours of community service, including 350 hours of speaking “to young men and women about the dangers and immorality of gangs and gang violence, and the decay that it causes in our communities,” according to Salow.
He is also barred from owning a gun or communicating with anyone else charged in the case.
The trial for others named in the indictment, including Young Thug, is set to begin next month.
Young Thug, real name Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO] and participation in violent activity with the YSL gang.
Prosecutors said the gang was co-founded by the Grammy-winning rapper in 2012 and affiliated with the Bloods. The RICO Act charge stems from an alleged offense that occurred on Jan. 24, 2013, while the gang activity charge is from May 12, 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.