The Crip gang [GS9] member killed 19-year-old rival in a Brooklyn bodega in February 2013
Killed a 22-year-old woman in July 2014
Gang conspiracy began with crack dealing in Brooklyn
Escalated to ‘cold-blooded murder, wild gunplay and a terrifying disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders’
Rashid Derissant, 24, (left) a gangster withh ties to rapper Bobby Smurda (right and insert), was given 98-year prison term after being found guilty of a string of gang-related charges
A gangster with ties to Bobby Shmurda has been jailed for 98 years for conspiracy, murder and assault. Rashid Derissant, 24, a member of GS9, was given the lengthy prison term after being found guilty of gang-related charges.
He shot and killed a 19-year-old rival in a Brooklyn bodega in February 2013. He then tried to kill three others in the same incident, investigators have said. He shot a 22-year-old woman in July 2014 and then gunned down an innocent bystander in the neck and hip.
New York prosecutors say the conspiracy, which Shmurda is also said to be a part of, began with crack dealing in Brooklyn, spanned nearly two years, and was connected to the Crip gang.
Ackquille Pollard, who uses the rap name Bobby Shmurda, was arrested in December 2014, and at the time the judge set bail at $2million. He has now been in jail for over a year awaiting trial on drugs and weapons charges. His family has tried and failed at least seven times to post his bail, due to the very-high price.
Attorneys for Shmurda have tried to lower the bond cost, but have failed each time.
During one of the court appearances, Shurmda wore a pair of $500 red shoes.
Derissant was found guilty following an eight-week trial that ended in April.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said at the time: ‘As indicated by their verdict, the jurors in this trial heard evidence describing a cold-blooded murder, wild gunplay and a terrifying disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders as the defendants tried to violently settle scores with rivals in New York City and beyond,’ said
‘When Rashid Derissant and Alex Crandon (his co-accused) were armed, theirs was a neighborhood under siege. When they traveled to Miami Beach, they spread terror as they fired randomly at a nightclub.
‘They took their New York City based grievances and rivalries to Miami, assuming that they could act with impunity there, claiming they were merely members of a music group. Their convictions on these crimes make our city a safer place.’