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Performing Artist Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Drug Trafficking Conspiracies | USAO-SDNY

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that entertainer CASWELL SENIOR, aka “Casanova”, pleaded guilty today to racketeering and narcotics charges stemming from his role as leader in the untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang (“Gorilla Stone”) in Westchester County, New York and Florida. As part of the racketeering conspiracy offence, SENIOR admitted to participating in a shooting in Florida on July 5, 2020, a robbery in New York on August 5, 2018, and conspiring to traffic more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. SENIOR pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern.

US Attorney Damian Williams said: “Like twelve of his co-defendants, Caswell Senior, an accomplished entertainer and performer, is now convicted of playing a leading role in Gorilla Stone, a particularly violent Bloods gang that operates in all of New York and across the country. In addition to his role as a supervisor, Senior actively participated in the gang’s senseless violence, including a shooting in Miami and contributing to a Manhattan restaurant robbery. Dismantling violent gangs and stopping gun violence remains one of my top priorities. Thanks to the dedication of our partners at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Senior is now awaiting sentencing for his dangerous driving.

According to the indictment, public documents filed in court and statements made in court:

From at least 2004 until December 2020, SENIOR participated in and was associated with the Gorilla Stone racketeering conspiracy. Senior admitted that as part of racketeering activity, on or about July 5, 2020, while attending a party in Florida that included gang members, he discharged a gun at a person with whom he had a gambling dispute. One victim suffered serious bodily injury from the shooting. Afterwards, other party attendees discharged several firearms. Additionally, SENIOR stated that in a separate robbery on August 5, 2018 in Manhattan, a victim was overpowered and suffered serious bodily injury. As part of his guilty plea, SENIOR further clarified that he was the organizer or leader of a criminal activity involving five or more participants and that he agreed to traffic at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.

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SENIOR, 35, of Montville, New Jersey, is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Philip M. Halpern on December 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. SENIOR pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to to drive and participate in driving. criminal enterprise cases by a series of racketeering activities and one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. The maximum aggregate prison sentence for these two counts is 60 years, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Mandatory maximum and minimum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the accused will be determined by the judge.

SENIOR is the thirteenth defendant in the Gorilla Stone case to plead guilty. The other twelve defendants who have previously pleaded guilty are: DESHAWN THOMAS, aka “Don”, NAYA AUSTIN, aka “Baby”, BRANDON NIEVES, aka “Untouchable Dot”, DONAVAN GILLARD, aka “Donnie Love”, JARRETT CRISLER, Jr. , aka “Jayecee”, DEZON WASHINGTON, aka “Blakk”, STEPHEN HUGH, aka “Chino”, JORDAN INGRAM, aka “Flow”, SHANAY OUTLAW, aka “Easy”, ROBERTA SLIGH, aka “Trouble”, BRINAE THORNTON, aka “Luxury” and JAMAL TRENT, a/ka/ “Trap Smoke”.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI’s Westchester County Street Safety Task Force, which is made up of special agents and officers from the FBI’s task force, U.S. probation, of the New York State Police, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, NYPD, Westchester County PD, Westchester County DAs Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Rockland DAs Office and the Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Greenburgh, White Plains, Peekskill, Ramapo and Clarkstown police departments.

This case is being prosecuted by the White Plains Division of the Bureau. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shiva H. Logarajah, David R. Felton and Courtney L. Heavey are charged with the prosecution.