In the hip-hop world, Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and GS9 are known as a rap crew on the rise. To law enforcement, GS9 is an East Flatbush Brooklyn subset of the G Stone Crips (GSC), known for violence. In December 2014, Shmurda, Rebel and a dozen other GS9 members were rounded up on charges including conspiracy, murder, assault, drug and weapons charges, after an NYPD investigation. On Friday, the first convictions in the case were handed down for Rashid “Rasha” Derissant and Alex “A-Rod” Crandon.
According to a press release from the office of NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridgette G. Brennan, Derissant and Crandon were busted for the 2013 murder of a 19-year-old member of alleged GS9 rival “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted” (BMW). They are also accused of committing other crimes in NYC and Miami Beach. The duo was found guilty on the following charges: Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, multiple counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree.
“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 Brennan. “When Rashid Derrisant and Alex Crandon 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.”
The trial date for Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and others is set for May 11, according to XXL.