According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Antonio Sledge was granted 15 years probation this week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Sledge, who goes by Mounk Tounk, agreed to testify at next month’s trial if asked to do so, but was given the option to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.
Then on Thursday (December 29), Law & Crime Network‘s Cathy Russon reported that Trontavious Stephens, who also goes by “Tick” and “Slug,” appeared in court to plead guilty to racketeering. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars, but was credited with two years for time served with the remaining eight converted to probation, resulting in his imminent release from prison.
Stephens agreed to testify at trial and won’t be able to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights on the stand. He admitted he was a founding member of YSL (Young Slime Life) and that it was a gang, as well as recognized a pair of arrests with one involving the robbery of a woman.
Boosie found it hard to stomach this many YSL contemporaries pleading out, and took to Twitter to air his grievances. “STRAIGHT BITCH,” Boosie wrote alongside a screenshot of Slug in court. “N-GGAS LIKE THAT GO DIE N CAR WRECK R SOMETHING.”
STRAIGHT BITCH ‼️NIGGAS LIKE THAT GO DIE N CAR WRECK R SOMETHING pic.twitter.com/Eob6sMJ3Pi
— Boosie BadAzz (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) December 30, 2022
Both Sledge and Slug copping plea deals will likely hurt Young Thug’s chances at freedom, as the former claimed YSL associates murdered Donovan Thomas Jr. in 2015 on behalf of the collective and alleged he and others went to Thugga’s residence shortly after the murder.
Sledge alleged that Thug gave them all cash to “lay low” following Thomas Jr.’s killing. He also named the location of a pair of gas stations that were allegedly used as a location by YSL associates to sell drugs.
It’s unlikely that Thug will be offered a plea deal despite numerous affiliates being given one. Per Atlanta-based reporter George Chidi, prosecutors view Thug as “the target of this case” and are seeking a conviction that will keep him behind bars.
Previous YSL associates to take plea deals include Gunna, Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, Slimelife Shawty (Winnie Lee) and Lil Duke (Martinez Arnold).YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Antonio “Obama” Sumlin have also pleaded out, bringing the number of defendants down to 21 ahead of the January 9 trial.
Regardless, some of Thugga’s rap peers are confident he’ll be out from behind bars soon enough, including Young Scooter, who went to go visit Slime at court alongside Trae The Truth. Scooter took to Instagram to claim that Thug will be home before the end of 2023.
“JUST LEFT COURT WIT [snake emoji] HE GONE BE HOME BEFORE SUMMER,” Scooter wrote before tagging Trae Tha Truth, who added in his own post: “Me & @youngscooter Pulled Up To Court To Support @thuggerthugger1 … Real Ones Need To Stand By Him… He Need Real Luv… Salute!!”