This does not bode well for Bobby Shmurda's eventual trial.
While Bobby Shmurda’s trial has been subjected to numerous delays, one of the GS9 associates originally arrested with the rapper in 2014 has just received his sentence. Rashid “Rasha” Derissant is going to prison for a very, very long time.
The charges against Derissant were always much worse than Shmurda’s, and the court was not light. Rashid Derissant received 98 1/3 years to life, “for his role in gang warfare that extended from New York City to Miami, and involved murder and multiple attempted murders between January 2013 and October 2014,” according to a press release by NYC’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office.
The GS9 member was convicted of 22 total counts, including 1 count of murder in the first degree and 5 counts of attempted murder in the 2nd degree. Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan spoke on the sentencing, saying, “The sentence imposed today reflects the terror that the defendant’s crimes instilled in his own community, and wherever else he engaged in wanton violence to settle scores. IT also underscored the value of the lives lost and tragically damaged.”
With some of the other defendants out the way, the courts may finally turn to Bobby Shmurda. While his charges are significantly less severe, Rashid Derissant’s 98 1/3 year sentence does not bode well for the Brooklyn emcee.