YFN Lucci Sentence Explained

Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett surrendered to Atlanta police in January 2021 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to a 2020 shooting in the 900 Block of Peeples Street in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, in which one man — James Adams was killed and another was injured.

Authorities say 28-year-old James Adams was found laying in the street with a gunshot wound to his face. He was rushed to Grady hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.

Audio of the 911 call that reportedly led to the arrest warrant of YFN Lucci was released by TMZ on Thursday (January 14). In the clip, a woman is on the phone with emergency dispatchers. She describes seeing a white SUV speeding by “with a man hanging out of the car.” She also reveals they threw Adams out of the car and left him for dead.

Three suspects were named in the investigation, including 29-year-old YFN Lucci. He faced charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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Lucci turned himself in on Wednesday night (January 13, 2021) and was initially released on bond. However, he was arrested again in May of that same year, along with 12 other people, in a 105-count indictment against Young Thug and members of his alleged street gang, Young Slime Life (YSL). Lucci was not charged with any RICO-related offenses in the indictment, but he was accused of participating in criminal street gang activity.

In February 2022, Lucci pleaded guilty to one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. Prosecutors named Lucci as a star witness during a court hearing and asked him to testify against Young Thug and other YSL members in exchange for a reduced sentence. However, Lucci refused to testify. 

“Any party can announce for example that Abraham Lincoln is on their witness list, but those words alone are meaningless,” YFN Lucci’s lawyer said. “So, to be 100 percent clear, Rayshawn Bennett (YFN Lucci) will not be a witness in the YSL case.”

Lucci faces 20-years behind bars after being charged with one count of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of participation in criminal street gang activity. His trial was scheduled to start January 9, 2023, but was delayed due to Young Thug’s RICO trial. 

The Georgia native is currently jailed in Fulton County.

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