The other day, we reported on the sentencing of GS9 member Rashid “Rasha” Derissant to 98 years behind bars. In April, he and Alex “A-Rod” Crandon were convicted on charges of second and fourth degree conspiracy, second degree murder, multiple counts of second degree attempted murder, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, first and second degree assault, first degree attempted assault, first degree reckless endangerment, and first degree criminal use of a firearm. Now, Crandon has learned his fate. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott (the same judge to sentence Derrisant) sentenced Crandon to 53 years in prison.
According to the NY Daily News, Crandon “participated in a murder, shootings and other violent ordeals that terrorized East Flatbush over a two year period.” In our previous report, we stated:
The acts of violence Derrisant and Crandon were accused of occurred in New York City and on Miami Beach. In each, a member of Brooklyn’s Most Wanted (BMW) an alleged rival East Flatbush-based GS9. Derrisant and Crandon were charged with shooting up a Brooklyn bodega in February 2013, which resulted in the killing of a 19-year-old supposed BMW member. According to the NY Daily News, “he tried to kill three others in the same incident, according to the office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.”
[Continued] Nine months later, Crandon and Derissant traveled with Shmurda to South Beach. And they brought their gang war with them, police say. Early in the morning of October 12, shots were fired from a car carrying Crandon, Derissant, and another man outside Fat Tuesday. The target was a BMW rival.
Police caught the car a few blocks away, although Derissant, the shooter, had fled. He was later arrested as well, and all the men were sent to New York to face charges. On April 15, a jury convicted Derissant and Crandon for their roles in the bodega killing and the South Beach shootings.
Crandon, 22, made a plea to the judge to spare him. In a statement, he said,”Please allow me the opportunity to become a productive citizen and raise my daughter to become one also.”
Judge Clott wasn’t having it. He told Crandon that “he gave up irrevocably the opportunity” to redeem himself and that his desire for second chance is “really no reason to risk the safety of the public.”
In a statement, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said, “The residents of East Flatbush should feel safer, because the defendant will no longer be able to terrorize their streets.”
Bobby Shmurda’s trial has been rescheduled for September, in connection to the same conspiracy that sunk Derrisant and Crandon.