As Bobby Shmurda awaits trial, which has since been pushed back to September, one of the rapper’s reported associates has received a lengthy sentence.
Rashid "Rasha" Derissant, 24, was hit with a prison sentence of 98 1/3 years to life on Tuesday (May 17). According to a press release from the office of New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, the charges against Derissant are 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."
Derissant was convicted on 22 counts, including Conspiracy in the Second and Fourth Degrees, Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree.
Rasha was found guilty of the said charges in April, along with fellow associate Alex "A-Rod" Crandon.
In a statement regarding the sentencing, Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said, "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."