In April, GS9 members Rashid “Rasha” Derissant and Alex “A-Rod” Crandon were found guilty on a slew of heavy charges, including 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. According to various outlets, Derissant has been sentenced to 98 1/3 years in prison for these crimes.
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.”
Furthermore, Derrisant, 24, also stood accused of shooting a 22-year-old woman in the hip and neck. The woman was an innocent bystander.
According to the prosecution, Derrisant wasn’t finished. The Miami New Times writes:
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.
“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,” reads a release by Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. “They spread terror as they fired randomly at a nightclub. ”
The bodega shooting happened around the time the GS9 crew’s frontman, Bobby Shmurda, had the streets abuzz with his smash hit “Hot Nigga.” This case is part of the conspiracy case against Shmurda and GS9. Shmurda has been in prison since December 2014, and his trial has been rescheduled, once again, for September.