Judge denies bond for Atlanta rapper Gunna, will remain in jail until trial

Judge denies bond for Atlanta rapper Gunna, will remain in jail until trial The Atlanta rapper, who was indicted on RICO gang charges, appeared in court virtually on Thursday morning in a plea to receive a bond.

ATLANTA — Rapper Gunna has been denied bond and will remain in jail until he faces trial.

The Atlanta rapper, who was indicted on RICO gang charges, appeared in court virtually on Thursday morning in a plea to receive a bond.

Back in May, Gunna’s legal team argued that the rapper should receive a bond, but the magistrate judge decided to put the decisions into the hands of a superior court judge. That judge decided on Thursday to side with prosecutors and deny bond.

Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, surrendered to authorities in Fulton County, just a few days after he was named in a sweeping gang indictment that included fellow rapper Young Thug.

[READ: Here are the people facing charges in the indictment that includes rapper Young Thug]

Kitchens is charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Specifically, he’s accused of theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and participation in criminal street gang activity.

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The rapper maintains his innocence. In a typed letter released on his social media accounts from behind bars, Gunna said he is still writing and praying ever day. He described his living conditions as consisting of just a bed and a shower with no windows.

The rapper said in the letter that he never imagined that his art could change his life and the lives of his loved ones.

“I use my art form, my gift from God, to change my circumstances,” Gunna wrote. “For now, I don’t have any freedom. But I am innocent. I hate being falsely accused and will never stop fighting to clear my name!”

[PHOTOS: Alleged YSL gang members included in indictment against Young Thug]

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office’s sweeping indictment named more than 25 other people, including rapper Young Thug, and members of Young Slime Life, or YSL.

The 88-page indictment includes a wide-ranging list of 181 acts that prosecutors say were committed starting in 2013 as part of the alleged RICO conspiracy to further the gang’s interests.

[READ: Rapper Young Thug slapped with additional gun, drug charges after arrest at Buckhead home]

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