Young Thug’s record label/gang, YSL, is blamed for over 50 murders in the Atlanta area, according to the District Attorney.
Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, and rapper Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, are among 28 people charged in sweeping RICO violation indictments.
DA Fani Willis said Young Thug (pictured left with Gunna) is the leader of a violent street gang that committed more than 50 murders and gun violence around Atlanta.
Willis told Channel 2 Action News that the gang committed 50 murders and multiple incidents of gun violence dating back to 2013.
Donovan Thomas was named in the 56-count indictment as a murder victim. Thomas was killed outside a barber shop in Atlanta in 2015. Thug is accused of renting a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz that was used in the murder.
“[Thomas’ murder is] extremely significant,” Willis told WSB-TV. “It occurred back in 2015. And what myself and any law enforcement member can tell you as a result of that the back-and-forth gun violence and murders that have occurred have probably been in excess of 50 since 2015—triggered by that in the back-and-forth between that [YSL] gang and other gangs.”
However, Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel tells XXL magazine that his client is innocent.
“Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally, and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared.”
Thug was arrested on May 9 during a raid on his $2.2 million Buckhead mansion. Additional charges were added after investigators found illegal firearms including an assault rifle in the house.
He was transferred from Fulton County to the Cobb County Jail on May 13. He is being held without bond.