Four months before his arrest, Rapper Bobby Shmurda was on top of the world having just caught his break
Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquielle Pollard, took the deal just days before he was set to stand trial for conspiracy in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Prosecutors maintained the “Shmoney Dance” phenom was the “driving force” behind a street crew called called GS9 that was responsible for several shootings in Brooklyn.
Shmurda in court during the trial. Shmurda and his crew members Alex “A-Rod” Crandon and Rashid “Rasha” Derissant, members of this GS9 crew will be serving a combined 158 1/2 years for murder
“When I see the judge and the DA, I just see a bunch of people trying to take my life away for being blessed,” said Shmurda, “When I look at them, it looks like a bunch of haters.”
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Four months earlier Shmurda’s track “Hot Boy” reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Everything felt like the best moment of my life,” Shmurda says. “Everything.”
In the early hours of Dec. 17, 2014 nine days after the rap artist appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his ‘Shmurda She Wrote EP,’ cops interrupted his recording session at Times Square’s Quad Studios. simultaneously Police rounded up 15 GS9 members, including Shmurda’s older brother, Javase.
According to police reports, officers also seized 10 weapons in the sweep, along with a small quantity of crack.
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The rapper made his name from the music video Hot N****. sat in jail since 2014 awaiting trial on drugs and weapons charges. He took a plea just before he went on trial
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said GS9 stood for “G-Stone Crips” adding, “This gang … gloated about murder, shooting and drug-dealing in YouTube videos and viral dance moves.”
Police maintained that “the driving force behind the GS9 gang and organizing figure within this particular conspiracy” was one Ackquille Pollard, aka Bobby Shmurda. Prosecutors charged Shmurda with conspiracy to commit murder and assault, weapons possession, reckless endangerment and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. While the prosecution has not identified a GS9 hierarchy, it says his “status” made others defer to him.
“That shit is bullshit,” insists Shmurda. Asked about the charges, he says, “Bullshit.” He offers, “I come from a bad neighborhood. They’re upset that somebody my age made it out and is making so much money.”
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Pollard spent the entire trial period in jail, unable to make bail which had been set at $2 million, the same amount as his Epic contract.
After the fixed seven-year term, Shmurda will be on probation for five years, according to the terms of the plea agreement worked out with the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office.
Shmurda allegedly headed the trigger-happy GS9 crew that took on other Brooklyn gangs and ran a drug operation. He faced up to 25 years to life in prison had he been convicted at trial.
Several members of the GS9 Crew have already been convicted for the same set of charges.
Alex “A-Rod” Crandon was sentenced to 3 1/3 years in prisons, in May
Rashid Derissant who was sentenced to 98 1/3 years for his role inn the gs9 gang
Rashid Derissant, 24, (left) a gangster withh ties to rapper Bobby Smurda (right and insert), was given 98-year prison term after being found guilty of a string of gang-related charges
during sentencing, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott ripped 22-year-old Alex Crandon who participated in a murder, shootings and other violent ordeals that terrorized East Flatbush over a two year period.
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Clott, who earlier that week sentenced Rashid Derissant, 24, to 98 years in prison, dismissed Crandon’s dispassionate pleas for sympathy as he mumbled through a statement.
“Please allow me the opportunity to become a productive citizen and raise my daughter to become one also,” he said.
Alex “A-Rod” Crandon and Rashid “Rasha” Derissant, are the two members of the gang charged with the killing of a member of rival gang, “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted,” on Feb. 8, 2013, outside a Brooklyn bodega.
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Shmurda was one of 4 GS9 crew members offered the plea deal today. Two of his GS9 co-defendants, Chad ‘Rowdy Rebel’ Marshall, 24, and Nicholas ‘Montana Flea’ McCoy, 21, also took the deal as well. However not util after a rather loud debating session over the deal with their defense attorneys. The court room drama with their lawyers lasted for about 20 minutes.
“It’s seven years, seven years,” one of them was heard saying as all three were shaking their heads.
McCoy’s lawyer, Leslie Jones Thomas, told the group, “You won’t have a future if you don’t take it. Don’t throw your life away.”
A fourth defendant who was facing more charges, 23-year-old Santino (Cueno) Broderick, was offered a 15 year deal. He was overheard telling his lawyer, “Fifteen? Dang. My life is over.”
“You want 80 or you want 15,” his lawyer Kevin Canfield told him, referring to how much time he could face if convicted at trial.
Broderick cose to stand trial and turned down the deal. He will stand trial next week.