Gunna was denied binding at a hearing on Monday, when prosecutors successfully argued that he was in a “command position” in the alleged Young Slime Life gang, according to Fox 5 in Atlanta. . The judge expressed concern that the rapper’s release could endanger witnesses.
Gunna – real name Sergio Kitchens – surrender himself to the government earlier this month after being accused of conspiring to violate the RICO Act in a big indictment that also led to the arrest of Young Thug and 26 others believed to be associated with YSL. During Monday’s hearing, Kitchens also pleaded not guilty to violating Georgia’s anti-fraud law. The judge has set the trial date for January 9, 2023.
An attorney for Kitchens did not return immediately Rolling stone Request comments.
Also in court on Monday, the judge delayed a bail judgment against Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams. Williams was denied binding after his initial arrest, but his attorney is trying to secure a emergency bonds for “inhumane” conditions Williams is said to be in jail. The hearing on that was pushed to June 2 when the judge settled an unspecified “conflict of interest” issue brought up by prosecutors. An attorney for Williams did not return immediately Rolling stone Request comments.
In the indictment, Kitchens allegedly possessed a stolen firearm, as well as possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana. Kitchens and Williams were also involved in a traffic stop that included a second car allegedly loaded with “multiple weapons with high-powered magazines,” which the indictment called “an overt act to further conspiracy”. And like Williams, prosecutors used Kitchens’ music against him in the indictment, quote lyrics from several songs, which they claimed also constituted “an overt act to further the conspiracy.”
On top of that, prosecutors argued in court Monday that Kitchens was “not only an associate” of the YSL but also a “recorded gang member” and “one of the bosses” with the right to ” direct their armies into war.” Kitchens’ lyrics were also brought forward, with prosecutors said to have highlighted links to weapons and violence. The rapper’s previous arrests were also used as a reason to deny his relationship.
Ultimately, the judge sided with prosecutors and dismissed Kitchens’ tie, citing “possible danger to witnesses and others involved in this.” However, the judge has said he will consider the bond for good cause in the future.
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