Atlanta DA Fani Willis Takes Direct Approach to Criminals: ‘Get Out’

Her office filed charges against 26 alleged gang members involved in a celebrity home invasion ring

Assistant District Attorney Fani Willis

During a press conference on Wednesday, Atlanta District Attorney (DA) Fani Willis had a “my way or the highway” message for criminals and gang members who call themselves rappers matriculating in Fulton County, Georgia: “Get Out…”

The metro Atlanta DA recently filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act charges against 26 alleged gang members involved in a celebrity home invasion ring. The 220 charges were all related to gang activity and included kidnapping, armed robbery, shootings, and home invasions. 

According to investigators, the suspected gang members used social media to track their victims, usually targeting celebrities and influencers who show their wealth online. Sixteen victims were named in the indictment, including singer Mariah Carey and NFL player Calvin Ridley.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Willis did not hold back her words when providing a stern message for gang members who reside in Fulton County, Georgia.

“If you thought Fulton County was a good place to bring your crime, to bring your violence, you are wrong and you are going to suffer consequences, said Willis directly to any would-be criminals who may have been tuned in. “Get out of this county, or expect to see sentences go life plus.” But Willis didn’t stop her warnings there. 

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“I am not going to negotiate with gang members, I will not allow pleas. We are going to find you, we are going to convict you, and we’re going to send you to prison for the rest of your days and I’m not apologizing for that.” 

Fani Willis, Atlanta district attorney

On May 9, Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, and 28 members of his YSL record label, including popular rapper Gunna, were arrested by Willis and charged with offenses under the RICO Act, as well as participation in street gang activity.

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