Atlanta Rapper YFN Lucci has surrendered to police on racketeering charges.
The rapper, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, turned himself in after he was
named, along with 11 others,
in a blockbuster 105-count indictment targeting the Bloods gang, the Channel 2 Action
Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark
Winne that Lucci is housed in the Fulton County Jail in a way that
keeps both him and the staff safe.
“We do treat charges more so than the celebrity status and he is certainly in our
maximum security area,” Labat said.
Labat told Winne if some of his deputies and detention officers want to see Lucci,
they don’t need to watch him on YouTube. Labat’s
folks can keep tabs on him the same way they watch other Fulton County Jail
inmates — on the surveillance video monitors in the jail.
Lucci has been housed there since surrendering May 10 on a gang-related RICO
indictment, involving allegations of felony murder and more.
“He’s not guilty of all charges,” Lucci’s attorney Drew Findling said.
Documents Winne obtained reveal even before the racketeering indictment of 12 people,
a battle was shaping up over whether Lucci, an alleged Blood gang associate, should be
out on bond.
“Is YFN Lucci a member or an associate of any criminal street gang?” Winne asked
“No. He’s not a gang member. What he is, is an internationally recognized musical artist
that is a triple platinum winner,” Findling said.
Documents indicate the racketeering case filed April 30 involves, among other things,
the felony murder of James Adams, in which Lucci is accused along with two others.
Lucci had already been charged in connection with that homicide in January.
Atlanta police say Lucci and three gang members traveled to an area dominated by a rival
gang. Lucci was driving the car when Adams and a front-seat passenger fired multiple
shots. Adams was hit by return fire and was put out of the vehicle a short distance away.
Findling maintains the felony murder charge against Lucci involves an allegation
that Lucci was driving his Maybach with some friends when someone shot at the car,
someone in the back seat defensively returned fire, and because a passenger in Lucci’s car
was killed, Lucci was charged with felony murder — which Findling says he’s absolutely
not guilty of.
Documents indicate both sides agreed to a bond on the homicide charge, but on April 12,
before the filing of the racketeering indictment, a prosecutor moved to
revoke Lucci’s bond, alleging he routinely violated the conditions.
Lucci’s side argued, “There appears to be no rational basis for asking for any additional
bond,” and asked the court to allow his bond to remain in place.
Findling said felony murder occurs when someone unintentionally causes a death
during the commission of a felony. He maintains Lucci was not committing a felony.
Before the racketeering indictment, Winne learned that Lucci had a $500,000 bond
for a total of four charges.