Rapper Gucci Mane arraigned on federal gun charges
12/3/2013, 3:44 p.m.
ATLANTA – Radric Davis, an Atlanta-based rap artist who performs under the name Gucci Mane, has been charged in federal court with two separate counts of possessing a firearm while being a felon.
"The indictment charges that on two separate occasions, this defendant, a convicted felon, threatened individuals, including the police and his attorney with a gun" said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns."
"When offenders such as this use firearms to threaten individuals, including law enforcement officers sworn to protect our community, ATF takes this very seriously," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Christopher Shaefer. "ATF remains on the frontline of preventing violent crime along with our law enforcement partners and will continue to pursue those who violate the law, regardless of their celebrity status."
"The Atlanta Police Department has made it a priority to take violent repeat offenders off our city streets and see that they are held responsible for their actions. We are thankful for the cooperation with our partner agencies, especially the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in bringing Mr. Davis to justice. We cannot tolerate convicted felons ignoring the law by carrying firearms and endangering our citizens," said Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: On September 12, 2013, Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm. Then, just two days later, on September 14th, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun. On both occasions, Davis displayed the loaded firearm, acted erratically, and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney.
Davis, 33, of Atlanta, Ga., was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 19, 2013. He made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker and was detained in custody pending his trial.
Each charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10-years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the sentencing Court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by law enforcement partner members of the Violent Repeat Offenders Initiative, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Atlanta Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Kim S. Dammers is prosecuting the case.