Atlanta rap star Young Thug arrested on gang-related charges

Mr Williams is named as having committed a number of unlawful acts for which he is not charged, but which are described as “overt acts” within the framework of the group’s criminal association. Among these allegations are a case of a death threat against a man in a shopping center and possession of methamphetamine with the intention of distributing it. Mr Williams also allegedly rented a silver Infiniti Q50 sedan which was used to carry out the murder of rival gang member Donovan Thomas Jr. in January 2015.

Five men are charged with murder in connection with Mr Thomas’ death. One of them, Deamonte Kendrick, is identified as Yak Gotti, a rapper from the YSL label.

Contacted late Monday evening, Drew Findling, an attorney who has represented Mr Williams in the past, declined to comment. In an interview with WSB-TVBrian Steel, described by the station as the lawyer for Mr Williams, said: “Mr Williams has committed no crime and we will fight until my last drop of blood to clear him.

In previous court documents, prosecutors have described how another Bloods-affiliated gang group is engaged in a hostile rivalry with Young Slime Life. In April 2021, Ms Willis charged a dozen people who are believed to be gang members of this rival group, including Rayshawn Bennett, another famous rapper whose stage name is YFN Lucci. Mr. Bennett was charged with, among other things, one count of murder in connection with a drive-by shooting. Monday’s indictment charges three people accused of being YSL members with attempted murder in an attack on Mr Bennett, who was stabbed in jail in February.

“I’m not impressed that you’re a rapper – it won’t prevent you from being charged by default,” Ms. Willis said at a press conference in April, during which she criticized a judge for granting bail to Christian Eppinger. , who raps as Big Bhris, is believed to be a member of Young Slime Life and is accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. “If they committed acts of violence, and if we have enough evidence to prove it, you’re going to see indictments,” Ms Willis said.

Mr Eppinger faces 15 new charges under Monday’s indictment, including attempted murder.

The new charging document and other court filings show that Fulton County prosecutors have been paying close attention to the music and social media output of Atlanta-area rappers and their associates for some time. , using the content to bolster their criminal cases against a number of suspects. of the two rival gang groups.

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