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Cousins! Two years after turning himself in following an arrest warrant for his connection to gang-related crimes in a racketeering case, Casanova has officially been sentenced!
On Tuesday, June 27th the Brooklyn, New York rapper has been sentenced to 188 months or 15-plus years in prison.
As we previously reported the 36-year-old was one of 18 alleged gang members indicted in December 2020 on a series of criminal charges. He initially maintained his innocence, originally pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and firearms possession.
The news was announced by United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams. U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern issued Casanova’s sentencing in noting his acts of racketeering and narcotics offenses.
“Caswell Senior 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,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.
“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.”
According to Complex, back in January, Casanova pleaded guilty to racketeering and narcotics offenses in connection to his role in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang as a leader. In connection to his guilty plea, he told prosecutors he did play a role in a July 2020 Florida shooting and a New York City robbery in 2018, also admitting he trafficked over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Sources state Casanova’s co-defendant Donovan “Donnie Love” Gillard was sentenced to 20 years and eight months in prison. “Gillard’s leadership role meant that he was responsible for ensuring that his many reports followed the gang’s rules, including retaliating against rival gang members who threatened the gang’s narcotics dealing or its overall reputation and stature,” said prosecutors during his sentencing
“Gillard was responsible for ensuring that his reports learned the Gorilla Stone oath and its various rules, and he played a role in recruiting young members to the violent gang.”
As we previously reported Casanova was originally facing 60 years in prison.