Young Thug YSL Trial: Trontavious Stephens Testifies About 'Gangster Image'

After accepting a plea deal, Stephens testified that YSL is a criminal organization.

One of Young Thug’s former co-defendants has testified that the rapper, along with five others, are “gangsters” and official members of the Young Slime Life gang.

The Independent reports that Trontavious Stephens, who accepted a plea deal in 2022, took the stand in the Georgia courtroom and sought to implicate his former crew in a damning testimony

For the past few days, Stephens, who also goes by "Tick" and "Slug," revealed on Monday (Jan. 8) that he co-founded the YSL organization along with Young Thug and Walter Murphy and the organization has gang ties.

“Which of these defendants in this courtroom, right now, are members of YSL, Young Slime Life, the gang?” the prosecution team asked.

“All of them,” Stephens responded. He also identified each person by their nicknames.

On Wednesday (Jan. 10), Stephen testified that Young Thug’s fame was an attraction to people and he focused on maintaining his “gangster” image to maintain his large following.

“I was the founder of the music [label]...So I committed crimes while being a part of YSL,” Stephens said.

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Adriane Love,  the prosecuting attorney, then asked if he was referring to YSL the gang, he said, “No, just YSL.”

“So I committed crimes while being a part of YSL, so by me committing crimes while being a part of YSL, that was the basis to say that YSL was a gang,” he continued.

Throughout the trial, the defense team has argued that YSL stands for Young Stoner Life and is not a gang but a fledgling record label. 

Since Young Thug was charged with several counts including racketeering, conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), participation in criminal street gang activity, and two counts of murder,  the trial has been full of twists and turns. 

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville permitted using Young Thug's lyrics as evidence in the trial, sparking debates about his First Amendment rights being violated.

In December, the trial was delayed after Shannon Stillwell, aka Shannon Jackson, a co-defendant, was stabbed in Fulton County Jail. The trial resumed in January.

Young Thug has been in jail for almost 600 days since he was charged.

If convicted of all charges, Young Thug could be sentenced to 120 years in prison.

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