Gunna was released from jail after pleading guilty in the YSL RICO case.
According to multiple reports, Gunna entered an Alford plea to one count of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. He maintained his innocence and vowed to not testify against fellow YSL members in their upcoming trial.
“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. “I have chosen to end my own RICO case with an Alford plea and end my personal ordeal by publicly acknowledging my association with YSL.”
He added, “An Alford plea in my case is the entry of a guilty plea to the one charge against me, which is in my best interest, while at the same time maintaining my innocence toward the same charge. I love and cherish my association with YSL music, and always will. I look at this as an opportunity to give back to my community and educate young men and women that ‘gangs’ and violence only lead to destruction. “
Gunna admitted YSL is a gang as part of his plea deal. He claimed he didn’t consider YSL to be a gang when he joined it in 2016.
“I recognize, accept and deeply regret that my talent and music indirectly furthered YSL the gang to the detriment of my community,” he said. “YSL as a gang must end.”
Gunna, who was in jail since May, was sentenced to five years in prison with one year commuted to time served. The other four years of Gunna’s sentence were suspended. Instead, he was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service. His entire sentence will be dismissed once he completes his community service.
Young Thug and other YSL members remain in jail. Their trial is scheduled to begin in January.