More bad news for Bobby Shmurda and his GS9 crew. Member Rashid “Rasha” Derissant was sentenced to 98 1/3 years in prison on Tuesday, May 18.
Derissant was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy among other charges.
“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,” said New York City prosecutor Bridget Brennan in a press release. “It also underscored the value of the lives lost and tragically damaged.”
The news is the latest in what continues to develop into one of the biggest crime stories involving a Hip-Hop artist.
In 2014, Shmurda seemed to be on his way to stardom as his infectious single “Hot N*gga” went from a viral sensation to a Billboard hit. But late in that year he and 14 members of his GS9 crew, some of whom, including Derissant, were shouted out in the song, were arrested as a part of an NYPD drug investigation. Shmurda has been in jail since.
The investigation led to Shmurda and associates being charged with conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder, conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault, gun and drug charges. His bail was set at $2 million but that package was withdrawn.
Throughout his time in jail, Shmurda’s trial has been pushed back numerous times. Along the way everything from his girlfriend getting caught smuggling a shank into Riker’s Island to Shmurda himself being involved in gang brawls have given prosecutors ammo to keep him locked away.
Bobby Shmurda has also seen his bail revoked numerous times as well as his label Epic Records choosing not to help bail him out. Earlier this month one of his associates who isn’t in jail, met a worst fate when he was found washed up on a New York beach with cement shoes on.
The rapper has been vocal about his case from behind bars, claiming that prosecutors are overstating his role in GS9 and has even sued the NYPD for false arrest. Shmurda was hoping to finally get his day in court on May 12, but just two days before the trial was set to start, it was pushed back again all the way to September.