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A Georgia judge on Thursday night denied bail for Atlanta rapper Young Thug on charges of conspiring to violate Georgia’s RICO law and participating in a criminal street gang.
Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville issued the ruling saying he was very concerned that the entertainer, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was a danger to the community, media reported. .
Prosecutors have argued that Williams is the leader of a violent street gang called Young Slime Life which he co-founded. The gang committed multiple murders, shootings and carjackings for about a decade and promoted their activities in songs and on social media, prosecutors say in an 88-page indictment that charges them, rapper Gunna – whose real name is Sergio Kitchens – aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger and 24 others with racketeering.
Eppinger was already in jail, charged with shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February.
THUG WAS ARRESTED IN ATLANTA IN EARLY MAY
Young Thug, prosecutors said Thursday, is “the best dog, the most dangerous man here, because he doesn’t have to get his hands dirty, he has others to do his thing,” the station reported. of Atlanta WXIA-TV.
Williams has been in custody since his arrest last month at his home in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta. His lawyers presented several witnesses to counter the image painted by prosecutors, highlighting the musician’s community involvement. Music manager Kevin Liles testified that Williams was “like a son” and was willing to put his own wealth and business behind an obligation.
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The rapper, he said, “isn’t just an artist — he’s an influencer, a person who I think was put here to change the people around him” and a “contributing citizen to this world”.
Young Thug co-wrote the hit “This is America” with Childish Gambino, making history by becoming the first hip-hop track to win the Grammy for Song of the Year in 2019.
The scheduled trial date, the judge said, would be January 9, 2023.
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