Casanova was sentenced to 188 months (15 years, 8 months) in prison on Tuesday (June 27) for racketeering and narcotic offenses in connection to his leadership role in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang.
The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Caswell Senior, participated in a robbery in New York City on August 5, 2018, and a shooting in Florida on July 5, 2020, and he conspired to traffic over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:
Caswell Senior (Casanova) is not just a notorious recording artist, but he is also a high-profile leader of a vicious street gang and a magnet for gang violence.
At a crowded Miami house party, Senior personally fired a gun that seriously injured and could have killed a victim, inciting a shootout.
Further, Senior’s stature in the community was central to Gorilla Stone’s successful recruitment and nationwide expansion.
Today’s sentencing — along with the other significant sentences that have been imposed in this case — shows once again that gang life is not worth it and will lead to many years in prison.
I previously reported Casanova pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and drug charges as a leader of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang on May 1, 2022, in the U.S. District Court in White Plains.
As part of Casanova’s plea deal, prosecutors said they would recommend a sentencing range between 15 to 20 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years.
Casanova was facing a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.
All things considered, 15 years was the best outcome he could have hoped for.
According to the Department of Justice, 11 other members of the Gorilla Stone gang received hefty sentences from Judge Halpern:
- Donavan Gillard, a/k/a “Donnie Love,” who was sentenced to 248 months in prison;
- Naya Austin, a/k/a “Baby,” who was sentenced to 234 months in prison;
- Jarrett Crisler, Jr., a/k/a “Jayecee,” who was sentenced to 207 months in prison;
- Brandon Nieves, a/k/a “Untouchable Dot,” who was sentenced to 110 months in prison;
- Jamal Trent, a/k/a “Trap Smoke,” who was sentenced to nine years in prison;
- Dezon Washington, a/k/a “Blakk,” who was sentenced to 97 months in prison;
- Roberta Sligh, a/k/a “Trouble,” who was sentenced to eight years in prison;
- Jordan Ingram, a/k/a “Flow,” who was sentenced to eight years in prison;
- Stephen Hugh, a/k/a “Chino,” who was sentenced to seven years in prison;
- Isaiah Santos, a/k/a “Zay,” who was sentenced to seven years in prison; and
- Shanay Outlaw, a/k/a “Easy,” who was sentenced to three years in prison.
According to Casanova’s attorney, James Kousouros, the rapper’s life is in serious danger after he explicitly renounced his association with the Untouchable Gorilla Stone gang.
The rapper was reportedly stabbed by another inmate in retaliation.
According to AllHipHop, Kousouros said:
His public renunciation of the gang has and will continue to pose a threat to his life which will make his future incarceration far more onerous than contemplated by our judicial system.
Casanova began his distancing from the gang years ago, as we have detailed in our initial submission, as he publicly advocated against gang membership relating in detail the destruction of the gang life from his own personal experiences.
Hopefully, Casanova is able to stay safe while serving his time behind bars.
Source: Department Of Justice