Rapper Gunna surrenders on RICO charges related to gang indictment of Young Thug, YSL members

ATLANTA — Rapper Gunna surrendered to authorities in Fulton County overnight, two days after he was named in a sweeping gang indictment that included fellow rapper Young Thug.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington was in the courtroom Wednesday as a judge decided to let a superior court judge rule on whether the rapper will receive a bond.

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Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, is charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Specifically, he’s accused of theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and participation in criminal street gang activity.

During a virtual court appearance Wednesday, Gunna’s attorney argued for a bond in the case, but the magistrate judge opted not to set a bond.

He said that decision would be left for the superior court judge.

“I don’t have the authority to do it,” the judge told the court.

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The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office’s sweeping indictment named more than 25 other people, including rapper Young Thug, and members of Young Slime Life, or YSL.

The 88-page indictment includes a wide-ranging list of 181 acts that prosecutors say were committed starting in 2013 as part of the alleged RICO conspiracy to further the gang’s interests.

District Attorney Fani Willis said YSL is a street gang.


“It is a hybrid gang that operates here in Atlanta and it’s an affiliate of the Blood gang,” Willis said.

Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is accused of being a co-founder of the YSL gang, that according to police, committed a number of murders, shootings and carjackings.

In March, Channel 2 Action News reported that someone shot and killed the 31-year-old mother of one of Young Thug’s children at a local bowling alley.

Police made an arrest in the case.

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In light of the indictment, Washington asked investigators if they believe the shooting was gang-related.

Police told us the case is still under investigation.

Gunna’s attorney emailed Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne a statement, saying, in part: “Mr. Sergio Kitchens, known as Gunna, is innocent. The indictment falsely portrays his music as part of criminal conspiracy.”

He went on to describe Kitchens as an entertainer and philanthropist.

Gunna is due back in court in June.


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