The indictment alleges that every of the 12 folks charged is related to sub-groups of the nationwide Bloods gang. It says they’d connections and relationships to one another and accuses them of committing all kinds of crimes to guard and improve the gang’s fame and to achieve and keep management of territory.
YFN Lucci, whose given identify is Rayshawn Bennett, is charged with racketeering, violating the state’s anti-gang legislation, felony homicide, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm through the fee of a felony.
Atlanta police beforehand introduced murder charges towards Bennett in January, saying he was the driving force in a December gang-related drive-by capturing that left one man lifeless. The felony homicide cost in final week’s indictment relies on that incident.
“He’s not responsible of any crime that’s referenced within the earlier cost and now on this indictment,” Bennett’s lawyer Drew Findling stated in a cellphone interview.
The indictment says one of many Atlanta gang sub-groups of the Bloods, identified by the initials YFN, was “centered round” Bennett.
“The YFN studio situated on West Peachtree Road in Atlanta is a central level for the group and a infamous stronghold. YFN has continued to draw further associates as Bennett gained notoriety,” the indictment says.
“He’s completely not a gang member, and this indictment — neglectfully or purposely — fails to say that Mr. Bennett is a nationally and internationally acknowledged musical artist,” Findling stated.
Amongst Bennett’s greatest hits is the 2016 tune “Key to the Streets” that includes the Atlanta rap group Migos.
The indictment additionally cites social media postings by Bennett and others, in addition to tune lyrics, alleging they’re proof of gang involvement and different prison exercise.
“To sit down and analyze any person’s social media account and to attempt to in some way discover some proof of against the law is ridiculous when individuals are simply actually expressing themselves by way of social media,” Findling stated.