Rapper Gunna gets out of jail after pleading guilty to conspiracy to conspiracy

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Rapper Gunna attends Costume Institute Benefit 2022 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in May. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Gunna, the rapper who was arrested in Atlanta in May in a RICO case against gang Young Slime Life (YSL), was released from jail Wednesday after entering a negotiated guilty plea to charges of association with a to commit a crime.

The 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, was sentenced to five years in prison with a four-year suspension, according to WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta. The one-year sentence was later commuted to time served, with special conditions including 500 hours of community service.

The rapper’s sentencing will be completed once he has performed community service, attorney Steve Sadow said. He will include 350 hours of conversation with young men and women about the “dangers and immorality” of gangs and gang violence. He has to stay away from the guns and his co-defendants unless the communication goes through lawyers or his own record label.

Gunna inserted what is known as an Alford plea, which allows a person to plead guilty – while maintaining innocence – if it is believed that the prosecution’s evidence would likely lead to a guilty verdict at trial.

“While I have agreed to be honest at all times, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been questioned, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case, and have absolutely NOT intend to get involved in the process in any way,” the rapper said in a statement obtained by The Times.

If Gunna is called as a witness by anyone in the upcoming trial, which is scheduled to begin in January, “he will testify truthfully, but reserves the right to enforce his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination,” Sadow said.

Gunna said in the statement that he didn’t consider YSL a “gang” when he joined the group in 2016. He said he thought it was “more like a group of people from Metro Atlanta who had common artistic interests and aspirations.” he argued that his focus at YSL was “entertainment: rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the black community.”

“I love and value my association with YSL music, and always will,” Gunna said in the statement. “I see this as an opportunity to give back to my community and educate young men and women that ‘gang’ and violence only lead to destruction.”

A 56-count grand jury indictment in May identified Gunna, Young Thug (real name Jeffery Lamar Williams) and 26 others as members of YSL, a criminal street gang. Some of the defendants have been charged with violent crimes such as murder and attempted armed robbery. Authorities said Williams and Kitchens are the leaders of the gang, but their lawyers have disputed the charges for months, the AJC said.

The prosecution also said the 31-year-old Young Thug was a founder of the YSL gang and said he was linked to crimes in 2013 and 2018. He remains in jail, awaiting trial, with jury selection set for 4 January.

Last week, a grand jury indicted the 31-year-old on four additional counts related to a May 2021 crash in which he allegedly drove 120 miles per hour on an Atlanta freeway, FOX5 Atlanta reported Tuesday.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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