Fact Check: Judge Has NOT Sentenced Young Thug To 25 Years In Prison, As Of January 12, 2023

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Judge Has NOT Sentenced Young Thug To 25 Years In Prison, As Of January 12, 2023 Trial Ongoing

Did the judge in the trial of Young Thug sentence the Atlanta rapper to 25 years in maximum-security prison, as of January 12, 2023? No, that's not true: Young Thug, whose legal name is Jeffery Williams, was not convicted -- much less sentenced -- as of January 12, 2023, when this fact check was written.

The claim appeared on Facebook on January 9, 2023. It read:

Judge Sentences Young Thug To 25 Years In Maximum Security Prison...

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jan 12 15:32:15 2023 UTC)

The post includes news clips about the trial, but none support the claim that Williams was sentenced. They discuss the case in general terms and jury selection, which was ongoing the week of January 9, 2023.

The trial is expected to last six to nine months, with jury selection expected to take up to six weeks, according to 11Alive News in Atlanta.

Williams is accused of conspiracy to violate Georgia's RICO Act and participating in criminal street gang activity, among other crimes. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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