Young Thug Will Remain Behind Bars Until January 2023, Denied Bond

Young Thug Denied Bond

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Young Thug has been denied bond and will remain behind bars until January 2023. Here’s why.

A Fulton County judge believes the rapper presents a potential danger to Atlanta and case witnesses. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Young Thug pleaded not guilty during the hearing. His attorneys promised to hire a team of off-duty law enforcement officers to monitor the rapper under house arrest. The rapper’s attorney also argued for an ankle monitor, to undergo drug tests, and to surrender his cellphone and passport.

Both Machine Gun Kelly and Kevin Liles (Founder of 300 Entertainment) spoke on behalf of Young Thug before the judge. “I truly believe, this whole thing, it’s not him. That’s not the Jeffery I know. The Jeffery I know would give me the clothes off his back,” Liles told the judge, according to Billboard. Liles also said he was willing to back Young Thug both personally and professionally.

Judge Ural Glanville sided with the prosecutors, who argued that gang members expressed being afraid of Young Thug. Young Thug will remain behind bars until his trial, which is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2023.

The rapper was arrested on May 9 and charged with participation in a street gang and conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. The arrest came as part of a 56-count indictment against his YSL collective. Prosecutors in the case allege that the YSL collective is affiliated with the national Bloods gang.

Following his arrest in May, Young Thug was hit with seven felony charges following a raid on his home. Those charges include:

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, Sawed-Off Rifle, Machine Gun, Dangerous Weapon, or Silencer

There are also three separate charges related to being employed or associated with a criminal street gang. Attorney Fani Willis alleges that Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records acts as a criminal street gang with ties to the national Bloods organization. Fellow rapper and close YSL associate Gunna is also facing charges. He was denied bond last week by the same judge.