In the extensive RICO case against his Young Slime Life (YSL) collective, Young Thug is accused of eight crimes.
On Wednesday (January 4), as the first day of jury selection in the trial in Fulton County, Georgia, got underway, the charges against the Atlanta rapper (real name Jeffery Williams) were made official in court documents.
The YSL RICO Indictment
Prosecutors claim that Thug and other YSL members are part of a “criminal street gang” connected to the Bloods that is responsible for several violent crimes in the Atlanta area, including murder and armed robbery. The RICO indictment against them includes a total of 65 counts.
Thugger Charges – Drug and Gun Charges
Two counts of involvement in criminal street gang activity and a conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act are among the eight counts against Thugger that were originally filed when the rapper was first charged in May 2022.
Additionally, he is accused of having cocaine, codeine, marijuana, a gun, and a machine gun with the intent to distribute them.
The charges related to drugs and guns were brought in August and are the result of items that were seized by police while searching Thug’s Buckhead, Atlanta, home during his arrest in May.
28 members of YSL were detained in the RICO case, including Young Thug, but only 14 remain today. Several defendants have entered into plea agreements in recent weeks, including Gunna, who was let go from prison last month after pleading guilty to a single racketeering charge.
Although Young Thug has maintained his innocence, the plea agreements are anticipated to make his struggle for freedom even more difficult.
Antonio “Mounk Tounk” Sledge admitted in court while accepting his negotiated plea in December that one or more YSL members were responsible for the 2015 murder of Donovan Thomas and that Young Thug had paid him and other YSL members to “lay low” after the slaying.
Sledge, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received a 15-year probationary sentence, also consented to testify at the trial if necessary.
Young Thug was urged by his father to reject any plea offered in the YSL RICO case
The father of Thugger is Jeffery Williams Sr. In a recent interview with Infamous Sylvia, he defended his son’s innocence and expressed his hope that he would reject any kind of plea bargain that might be offered before trial.
Regarding a potential plea agreement, he said, “I can’t answer that because I’m not him. “His father here. Numerous accusations made against my son by these individuals [prosecutors] are unfounded. If they presented him with a plea bargain and he trusted me to advise him, I would say, “No,” as a father. “
Williams Sr. confirmed that he will stand by his son throughout the upcoming YSL trial, which begins on January 9.
A parent, I am. I’m a dad,” he declared. “I’m not that father who was just there. It’s just me and him and the world right now. “.
Last week, a seventh and eighth YSL affiliate entered into plea agreements, and Antonio Sledge and Trontavious Stephens, also known as “Tick” and “Slug,” were released after admitting to racketeering, conspiring to violate the RICO Act, and having a firearm in their possession while a felon.
In a court hearing last week, prosecutors also mentioned YFN Lucci as a potential witness. Lucci is currently incarcerated on separate murder and racketeering charges.