Young Thug‘s RICO case has taken yet another turn as an additional defendant has now entered into a plea agreement. As of Friday, November 3, the total number of defendants, originally 28, has been reduced to just 6.
According to Atlanta-area news sources, Derontae Bebee, who is also known as “Bee” or “B,” has pleaded guilty to wide range of charges. These charges include conspiracy to breach the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), armed robbery, carjacking, receiving stolen property, infringing upon the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon, and involvement in criminal street gang activities.
He has been handed a 15-year sentence in total, consisting of five years in prison and an additional ten years on probation. One of the conditions of his plea was that he must discontinue all forms of public promotion for YSL, including on social media. Furthermore, he will be required to testify in the trials of his co-defendants if he is called on to do so. However, Beebee’s attorney told news outlets that prosecutors have indicated he may not be required to do so.
This week, a jury was seated for the trial of Young Thug (real name Jeffrey Lamar Williams) and the other defendants after ten months of jury selection.
The legal team representing Thug has been trying to get him released on bond because of his declining health after spending one and a half years in pretrial detention. During a June hearing, his attorney argued that his lifestyle had caused physical harm, but the request was denied.
Earlier this month, Thug’s attorney revealed a high-profile witness list featuring some of the most prominent figures in the world of Hip Hop.
According to court documents, the index filed by Brian Steel in mid-October includes names like T.I. (real name Clifford Harris), Killer Mike (Michael Render), and music business executive Lyor Cohen.
Thugga’s list of witnesses also features experts like investigator Jimmy Martin, sheriff’s deputy Jimmy Kennedy, attorney Jacoby Hudson, and cell phone expert Detective Scott Demeester.
In total, there are 45 witnesses on Thugga’s list, along with “any and all co-Defendants in the above-referenced Indictment,” and “any and all witnesses named in the State’s Witness List, as well as any and all witnesses named in the co-Defendants’ Witness List.”
Prior to this, YSL associates to take plea deals include Gunna, Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, Slimelife Shawty (Winnie Lee), Lil Duke (Martinez Arnold).YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Antonio “Obama” Sumlin.
Young Thug is currently facing a total of eight charges, which consist of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, participation in criminal street gang activity, as well as several drug and weapons-related offenses.