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On Monday (May 9), local Atlanta outlet WSBTV broke the news that rapper Young Thug and Gunna as well as 26 other members of his YSL crew and associates have been arrested for RICO charges.
The 56-count grand jury indictment charges 28 members and associates of Young Slime Life or “YSL.
The indictment includes charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, murder, armed robbery, and participation in criminal street gang activity.
According to a tweet by reporter Michael Seiden, the arrest comes after two members of the YSL crew requested permission from Young Thug to make a 2nd attempt to murder rapper YFN Lucci, who is currently in jail in Fulton County.
As per Seiden, Christian Eppinger and Antonio Sumlin are the two YSL members that supposedly received authorization from Thug.
Michael Seiden tweeted: “Prosecutors allege that two associates of YSL, CHRISTIAN EPPINGER, and ANTONIO SUMLIN, worked to get the permission of Young Thug to make a 2nd attempt to murder YFN Lucci while he’s jailed in Fulton County.”
More tweets were followed by the WSBTV reporter: “I’m reviewing the 88-page indictment and there are some very serious allegations against Young Thug.”
Report by Michael Seiden: “Young Thug booked into Fulton Sheriff on charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act & Participation in Criminal Steet Gang Activity. He will make his first appearance on Tuesday at 11:30 am.”
According to the prosecutors: “YSL is a criminal street gang that started in late 2012 in the Cleveland Avenue area of ATL. YSL claims affiliation with the national Bloods gang.”
PROSECUTORS: “SERGIO “Gunna” KITCHENS, an associate of YSL, accused of appearing in a video released on social media titled “Fox 5,” wearing a “YSL” pendant and a “Slatt” pendant, with lyrics stating “We got ten-hundred round choppers.”
The feud between Young Thug and YFN Lucci began in 2017 when Thug referred to himself as the “new Tupac” and Lucci responded by tweeting: “Pac would’ve never wore a dress.”
Young Thug revived the beef a year later when he threatened to hit YFN Lucci. The rapper Lucci ridiculed publicly Thug’s ‘So Much Fun’ album in 2019, triggering a response from the Thug on social media. Thug responds on IG: “If ain like what u do for your mother and kids I WOULDVE BEEN KILLED U.”
In May of that year, YFN Lucci’s Mercedes SUV was shot up in Atlanta. The attempted murder of Lucci was the third in ten days. Young Thug’s vehicle and two-party buses had previously been targeted in Miami. Thug was driving a Ferrari with two buses beside him on Interstate 95 when an unknown person pulled up alongside them and opened fire.
The rivalry between Thug and Lucci has gone on for years.
Lucci turned himself in for a murder charge filed against him in January 2022, he was accused of driving a vehicle that was involved in an Atlanta shootout during which one of his passengers in the car was shot and later died.
Lucci claimed in March that he was stabbed in jail and is afraid for his life.
Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steel, asserted on WSBTV that his client is innocent: “Mr. Williams committed no crime whatsoever and we will fight to my last drop of blood to clear him”
Young Thug’s first court appearance.
On May 11, 2022, Michael Seiden posted new information on Twitter: ” BREAKING: Gunna ( Sergio Kitchens) has surrendered to authorities in Fulton County. He is charged with conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).”
Rapper Gunna’s attorneys Donald F. Samuel, John A. Garland, and Kristen W. Novay maintain their client is innocent. They point out that Gunna’s philanthropic works have had a huge impact on Atlanta’s community
As for Young Thug, he faces additional felony charges after investigators discovered multiple weapons and drugs in his Buckhead home.
Young Thugs’ bail was denied because the judge feels he is a risk to society and would continue to commit crimes if released.
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Written by: Silvia Tine
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