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An alleged teen gangbanger dubbed “the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct” by a former prosecutor could get a sweetheart deal in court — all because he managed to graduate from high school, The Post has learned.

Courtney Yeates, 18, a reputed member of the Folk Nation street gang, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn — including a felony robbery conviction for which he is awaiting sentencing.

The troubled teen is now back at Riker’s Island on a $150,000 bond after yet another arrest last week, for possession of a loaded handgun.

But one judge is contemplating giving him “Youthful Offender” status — which would reduce his prison time and wipe his record clean, sources with knowledge of the case told The Post.

Yeates is currently awaiting sentencing on two Queens cases after pleading guilty to both on Nov. 18 — a felony robbery case from July 19 and a grand larceny/auto case from July 9, according to court records.

He also has two open cases in which he is charged with possession of a loaded gun — one a Brooklyn bust from May 2019 and his most recent arrest in Queens on Feb. 18.

The judge in his Queens cases, Youth Court Judge Lenora Gerald, is now considering the YO status — citing the teen’s high school graduation as a sign that he can redeem himself, the sources said.

Gerald is seeking to consolidate his cases with the Brooklyn one, sources said. The judge in that case, Youth Court Judge Craig Walker, would have to agree to the move.

But the news isn’t sitting well with some in the Big Apple criminal justice system.

“At his age, and with his record, and this many open cases, he’s the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct,” former Bronx prosecutor Michael Discioarro told The Post. “He’ll be running the show in no time. He’s a top draft pick.”

“What I don’t understand is, with his record, why him?” continued Discioarro, who is now a defense attorney. “I have clients with much less that haven’t gotten this kind of break.”

The state Youthful Offender statute provides judges with the option of giving defendants 19 or younger a break, reducing their potential prison time, and sealing their criminal records.

The law is intended to allow young defendants a chance to turn their lives around — although typically in non-violent or misdemeanor cases.

“In general, courts and legislatures do tend to leave a little wiggle room for judicial interpretation, and of course prosecutors always hate that,” said Jeffrey Butts, head of the Research Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“Anytime you’re dealing with someone who is young you need to allow for the possibility that, even at 22, not everyone is a fully functional adult and sometimes they make rash decisions.”

Courtney Yeates, 18, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn.

Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration, said it was “misguided” to speculate on whether Yeates will be given the status.

“While this defendant does have pending cases, each is decided on its own merits, based on the evidence, facts, and circumstances before the court,” Chalfen said.

But some contend that Yeates, who has been charged with gun possession at least four times, is already a career criminal who poses a danger to the community.

“Getting caught with more than one gun means you carry a gun every day like you carry a cellphone,” one former prosecutor said. “This comes down to who you think should be punished. Two guns, three guns. This is madness.”

“Two gun cases is not a mistake,” he said. “It’s a lifestyle.”

“The number one solution to reduce the shootings that continue to skyrocket across the city is to put offenders in jail,” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association. “Judges need to understand just how dangerous the streets have become.”

“After all, it’s their responsibility to keep the public safe,” he said. “Putting people in jail may not be in line with certain politics, but the bottom line is judges need to start worrying about the victim of these violent crimes.”

Queens Defenders, which represents Yeates on his pending court cases, did not respond to calls seeking comment this week.

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MACI Bookout's baby daddy Ryan Edwards has sparked fears that he may have relapsed on drugs.

Teen Mom OG fans felt that he appeared to be "high" while chatting to wife Mackenzie on Tuesday's episode.

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11Ryan Edwards has sparked fears that he may have relapsed on drugsCredit: MTV

Ryan has struggled with drugs for years and has been to rehab several times as well as facing multiple drug-related arrests.

The 33-year-old sparked concern while talking to Mackenzie outside their home about PCOS month, a month dedicated to raising awareness for polycystic ovary syndrome.

Ryan asked: "Why does it need a month… why… I'm just confused like why do you need awareness about something that you can't control?"

Mackenzie replied that it was held to raise awareness for the syndrome.

11Viewers thought he seemed 'high' while chatting to wife MackenzieCredit: MTV 11He appeared to struggle to get his words outCredit: MTV 11The 33-year-old has struggled with drugs for yearsCredit: MTV

She added: "That would just be really tough to have to go through that with Stella [their daughter]. I pray it doesn't happen to her."

Ryan said, "Yeah, that wouldn't be very," before laughing and saying, "very fun at all."

Viewers took to social media to express their fears for the reality star after the scene.

"I don't know if he is high or not but I have watched him for years and he blames Maci for everything," one wrote.

11 11Viewers speculated that something was up with RyanCredit: Instagram 11Ryan has a strained relationship with Maci Bookout due to his former drug battlesCredit: Instagram

Another added: "I feel like we can always tell with Ryan if you watch an episode or two if he looks clean. It's those eyes."

A third posted: "I'm a recovering addict this 12th of this month will be my fourth year clean and it's obvious he isn't sober."

The Sun has contacted MTV for comment. Ryan's had a strained relationship with his ex-fiancee Maci, 29, and their son Bentley, 12, following his years of rehab and jail stints for drug abuse.

His legal trouble with drugs started in March 2017 when he was issued a citation for simple possession of heroin.

11They are parents to 12-year-old BentleyCredit: Instagram 11Ryan has been to rehab several times and faced drug-related arrestsCredit: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

He was caught on camera slurring his words and nodding off while on his way to his wedding with wife Mackenzie on Teen Mom.

It was announced that Ryan checked into rehab for the second time after the episode aired.

Then in March 2018, he was arrested for petition to revoke when he failed a court-ordered drug test.

The reality star was arrested again in July 2018 for breaking probation, and in November of that year he completed his third rehab stint.

11He has two children with wife MackenzieCredit: Instagram 11Maci has two kids with her husband Taylor McKinneyCredit: Instagram Teen Mom OG - Season 9

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Who are their boyfriends, husbands and baby daddies?

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Ryan was behind bars again in January 2019 for breaking probation from a past possession of heroin charge, and he served 90 days in jail.

Ryan’s wife Mackenzie recently posted a rare picture with her husband, as fans hoped he is "clean and healthy.” 

Ryan’s father, Larry, told The Sun previously told The Sun that Ryan is now sober.

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