HOW LONG WAS GUNNA IN JAIL?
Rapper Gunna has been released from prison after entering a plea deal in the YSL case, but how long was he in jail?
The 29-year-old was released from a Georgia prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiring to violate the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), reports ABC.
The rapper issued a statement saying he chose to end his own RICO case with an Alford plea and his “personal ordeal by publicly acknowledging” his association with YSL.
HOW LONG WAS GUNNA IN JAIL?
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gunna was arrested on May 9, 2022, with fellow rapper Young Thug and booked into Georgia’s Fulton County Jail. Therefore, he spent a total of 215 days in prison before his release.
The rapper’s trial was due in January 2023 and was denied bail thrice since his arrest, as reported by WSBTV.
He, Young Thug, and 26 others were taken into custody after being named in an indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the state of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO Act).
Gunna’s attorney, Steve Sadow, maintained at the time that the rapper was “innocent.”
He told Rolling Stone: “Although we must respect the Court’s ruling, we know it is wrong. Gunna is innocent of the charge against him and should not be in jail pending trial.”
RAPPER ISSUES A STATEMENT
In a statement provided to Complex, Gunna denied making statements against any party while stating that he had decided to end his case with an Alford plea.
The statement reads: “When I became affiliated with YSL in 2016, I did not consider it a ‘gang’; more like a group of people from metro Atlanta who had common interests and artistic aspirations. My focus of YSL was entertainment.”
“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.”
MEANING OF ALFORD PLEA
Gunna said he has chosen to end his case with an Alford plea – but what does it mean?
It is a sort of plea in which the defendant maintains their innocence by pleading not guilty, but still formally admits to guilt in the charges in criminal court, Legal Information Institute describes. It is also known as a “best interests plea”.
The rapper has explained the same in his statement, saying: ” 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.”
His suspended sentence will reportedly depend on various conditions, including 50 hours of community service, according to Channel 2.