Rayshawn Lamar Bennett, known by his stage name, YFN Lucci, is an American rapper and singer, born on February 16, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The rapper was fingered in a murder, assault and racketeering case in 2021.
The case was part of a large indictment, brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis against alleged Blood gang members. Lucci turned himself in to authorities at the time and has remained in jail since.
In a recent update on Tuesday, YFN Lucci pleaded guilty to one gang-related charge in Atlanta part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors.
According to his lawyer, Bennett’s plea deal, reached during jury selection, saw prosecutors drop 12 of 13 charges against him. He pleaded guilty to one count of violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
The rapper’s attorneys, Drew Findling, Gabe Banks and Marissa Goldberg noted, “After three years of pretrial litigation, more than two weeks of jury selection and three years of incarceration waiting for his jury trial, today, the prosecution finally relented and dismissed the murder and RICO charges against Rayshawn Bennett.”
However, Bennett agreed to serve 10 years in prison followed by another decade of probation.
His lawyer also noted that he could be released much earlier, partially due to his time already spent in prison.
Bennett’s case is related to the ongoing racketeering charges against Atlanta rap collective YSL, which were also brought on by Willis.
It was reported that prosecutors claim that the Blood gang sector clashed with the YSL group, who reportedly discussed seeking permission from rapper Young Thug to murder Bennett.
The legal team’s added, “As he has maintained for three years now, Mr. Bennett will NOT cooperate in any other case. By entering into this resolution, he will be eligible for parole in as early as four months from now.”
“The prosecution has also agreed that he should be released early on parole and this will allow him to get back to his children, family and career,” the statement concluded.
Since his 2014 debut, Bennett has earned a top-15 album on the Billboard 200 with 2018’s Ray Ray from Summerhill.
He’s also scored three entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the singles “Key to the Streets” with Migos and Trouble, “Everyday We Lit” with PnB Rock and “Wet.”