Fulton County

Seventh defendant pleads guilty in rapper Young Thug’s YSL gang indictment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Another defendant in the sweeping YSL RICO indictment against rapper Young Thug and nearly two dozen others has pleaded guilty.

Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was in the courtroom Wednesday as Antonio Sledge became the seventh person to take a plea deal.

Sledge entered a negotiated plea and admitted to committing crimes and being a member of the alleged criminal street gang, Young Slime Life.

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Deputy District Attorney Adriane Love spent several minutes in court detailing all the criminal acts Sledge is accused of committing.

“Defendant has been a member and/or associate of YSL since 2012...While associated with YSL and to support and express loyalty to YSL, defendant and co-defendant Garlington and Zachary appeared in a video with another person where defendant brandished a weapon used in a drive-by shooting,” Love said.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

As part of the negotiated plea, prosecutors recommended that Sledge serve 15 years on probation.


Sledge joins several other defendants who have also chosen to plead guilty rather than stand trial.

Rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, agreed to an Alford plea, in which a defendant doesn’t admit he committed the crime, but acknowledges that it is in his best interest to plead guilty.

Quantavious Grier, the brother of superstar Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, also took a deal in the case.

Winnie Lee (aka Slimelife Shawty), Martinez Arnold (aka Duke), Antonio Sumlin (aka Obama) and Walter Murphy also took deals.

The number of defendants down to 21 ahead of the January trial date. Jury selection is set to begin on January 4.

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