Sergio “Gunna” Kitchens has reportedly pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge tied to the sweeping indictment put forth against Jeffrey “Young Thug” Williams and other alleged members of YSL.
“While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have not made any statements, have not been interviewed, have not cooperated, have not agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely no intention of being involved in the trial process in any way,” Gunna said in a statement obtained by WSB-TV.
Pleading guilty to the racketeering conspiracy charge levied against him has landed Gunna a five-year prison sentence. The sentence is constructed in a manner that will earn the Atlanta native time served for at least one year. The additional four years will be suspended and subject to special conditions, including the completion of 500 hours of community service.
Despite Gunna’s release, Young Thug and several other alleged YSL affiliates remain in prison. Young and more than two dozen others were charged in connection to the RICO Act as authorities claim that YSL is a criminal street organization that is responsible for various violent acts in the Atlanta area. Meanwhile, Gunna and many of YSL’s supporters argue that YSL is a creative collective. In a statement released on Wednesday, Gunna said that YSL is “more like a group of people from metro Atlanta who had common interests and artistic aspirations.”
“My focus of YSL was entertainment — rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community,” he added, according to WSB-TV.
Young Thug and several alleged members of YSL are expected to stand trial in January 2023. Gunna can be called to testify, but he still holds the right to invoke his fifth amendment.