Young Thug‘s Young Stoner Life (YSL) co-founder, Walter Murphy, has accepted a plea deal in the record label’s ongoing RICO case.
Murphy was released from jail on Tuesday (December 13) after his attorneys worked out a plea agreement earlier this week, per The New York Times.
The YSL co-founder pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to 10 years behind bars. He received time served for the first year and the rest of his term will find Murphy on strict probation.
If he satisfies all of the deal’s conditions in the first five years then Murphy will be off probation and the rest of his sentence is commuted. A major part of those conditions is Murphy not being arrested for anything above an aggravated misdemeanor.
Murphy’s release came prior to Gunna regaining his freedom on Wednesday (December 14) after striking a plea deal with the prosecution.
The DS4Ever rapper pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and was sentenced to five years with one served in prison. The four-year sentence left will reportedly be “suspended” and Gunna will serve the rest in the form of 500 hours of community service.
In a statement following his release, Gunna revealed he entered an Alford plea — where a defendant enters a formal admission of guilt while maintaining their innocence — and insisted he did not snitch on his co-defendants.
“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,” he wrote.
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“My focus of YSL was entertainment — rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community,” he added. “I love and cherish my association with YSL music, and always will.”
Young Thug scored a legal victory when Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville sided with Thugger at a court hearing on Thursday (December 15) after he ruled that the evidence seized during a 2015 home raid can’t be used against him in the upcoming trial.
The defense argued the search was illegal and expressed concerns about the validity of the warrants or if any actually existed. Thug’s attorneys requested that all of the property that was seized be returned to Thug, which includes “a cell phone, computer, and a small amount of marijuana.”
The prosecution intended to use evidence found in the cell phone against the YSL rapper in next month’s trial, but that won’t be the case anymore.