Reports say that an eighth YSL affiliate has struck a plea deal before heading to trial. According to Law & Crime Network‘s Cathy Russon, Trontavious Stephens, who also goes by “Tick” and “Slug,” appeared in court yesterday (December 29th) and pleaded guilty to racketeering. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
However, he was credited with two years for time served and the remaining eight years will be converted to probation, resulting in his imminent release from prison.
Stephens has agreed to testify at trial where he won’t be able to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights on the stand. He admitted he was a founding member of YSL and that it was a gang, as well as recognized a pair of arrests with one involving the robbery of a woman.
A prosecutor read an alleged text from Young Thug which read, “Y’all ain’t beat him up or shot him yet? Y’all gettin’ soft.” Stephens acknowledged the text which was said to be aimed at a rival.
A prosecutor also brought up lyrics from Young Thug’s “You” where he raps, “She getting robbed by Tick.”
Meanwhile, Tenquarius Mender, who goes by “Nard” and Derontae Bebee both rejected plea deals on Thursday (December 29th) which would have seen them released from prison. They now head to trial alongside Thug with Nard facing 50 years and Bebee facing a life sentence.
Previous YSL associates to take plea deals include Gunna, Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, Slimelife Shawty, Lil Duke, YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Antonio “Obama” Sumlin and Antonio Sledge, known as Mounk Tounk, who was sentenced to 15 years probation on Thursday (December 29th) after pleading guilty to conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
YFN LUCCI HAS NOT BEEN NAMED AS A WITNESS IN YOUNG THUG'S YSL CASE
In related news, YFN Lucci will not be taking the stand against Young Thug. According to TMZ, Drew Findling said prosecutors had not named Lucci as a witness.
Lucci is in jail awaiting trial for a racketeering case connected to alleged gang activity and murder. He’s been behind bars since 2021.
Thug recently scored a legal win after a judge granted a motion to suppress evidence during a hearing two weeks ago. His team was in court to secure the return of Thugger’s property.
Police seized a cell phone, computer, and a ‘small amount’ of marijuana from Thug’s home in 2015. His legal team argued that the search was ‘illegal.’ They requested that recovered evidence shouldn’t be used in the trial. Judge Ural Glanville agreed.
According to Fox5 Atlanta, Young Thug’s trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on January 5th.