Rapper YFN Lucci Pleads Guilty to Gang Charge in Deal with Prosecutors

Rapper YFN Lucci

“YFN Lucci’s guilty plea shifts legal dynamics, raising parole questions in Atlanta’s music landscape.”

In a surprising turn of events, rapper YFN Lucci, born Rayshawn Bennett, pleaded guilty to a gang-related charge as part of a deal with prosecutors in Atlanta. The plea comes nearly three years after his indictment on charges of murder, gang affiliation, and racketeering in connection with an alleged gang-related drive-by shooting that took place in January of 2021.

YFN Lucci was among a dozen individuals charged in a comprehensive indictment targeting alleged members of the Bloods gang in April 2021. The rapper faced murder charges following accusations that he was the driver in the fatal gang-related drive-by shooting. The incident resulted in the death of a man, leading to a complex legal battle that spanned several years.

As part of the recent plea deal, prosecutors dropped a substantial majority of the charges against Bennett. Specifically, 12 out of 13 counts were dismissed, and he pleaded guilty to a single count of violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. The details surrounding this charge and the factors influencing the plea deal remain undisclosed in the available information.

Defense attorneys for YFN Lucci, including Drew Findling, Gabe Banks, and Marissa Goldberg, issued a statement highlighting the extensive legal proceedings leading up to the plea deal. They emphasized that after three years of pretrial litigation, weeks of jury selection, and three years of incarceration awaiting trial, the prosecution finally dropped the murder and RICO charges against Bennett. The statement also reiterated Bennett’s consistent stance of non-cooperation in any other case.

A noteworthy aspect of the plea deal is the potential for YFN Lucci’s early release on parole. According to his legal team, the plea deal allows him to be eligible for parole as soon as four months from now. Prosecutors have reportedly agreed to support his early release, citing it as a means for the rapper to reunite with his children, family, and resume his career.

The Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office did not provide an immediate comment on the plea deal, leaving room for speculation about the implications and reactions from legal experts and the public. As the details of this development unfold, the music industry and legal community will undoubtedly keep a close eye on the aftermath of YFN Lucci’s guilty plea and the terms of his potential parole.

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