After standing trial for five weeks, four gang associates are being convicted of multiple charges in connection to a two-day shooting spree.
“The residents of this district deserve to walk the streets of our communities without fear of falling victim to gun violence. Today’s verdict sends a resounding message that defendants who display a callous disregard for human life and safety will be met with the full force of the law and brought to justice,” Breon Peace, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York, said.
On Nov. 18, a federal jury convicted Lorenzo Bailey, 33, of Atlanta, Quincy Battice, 33, of Atlanta, Jean Fremont, 31, of Brooklyn, and Oluwagbenga Agoro, 22, of Brooklyn, with multiple charges in connection with shootings that took place on Nov. 7, and Nov. 9.
The defendants are known associates of the Flatbush-based Folk Nation Gangster Disciples, also known as GD.
Bailey and Fremont are also leaders of the No Love City subset of GD, with Fremont serving on NLC’s five-member steering committee and Bailey being positioned as the set’s chief of security.
The shooting spree was sparked after a gold chain and pendant was stolen from Fremont by rival gang members following the filming of a music video in Brooklyn.
Tales of the theft, along with photos of the necklace, were shared on social media, which sparked retaliation.
“In senseless retaliation for the theft of a gold chain, our Brooklyn communities were terrorized by gangs on a violent gun rampage that left three victims wounded in four separate shootings over a two-day period,” Peace said.
Charges in Association with Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 Shootings
As proven in court, on Nov. 7, Agoro, Bailey, Battice, Fremont and others drove to Canarsie, where they shot at a group of individuals.
The defendants then drove back to one of the shooter’s residences, before setting out again for a second shooting in Canarsie, where two individuals were wounded in their legs.
On Nov. 9, the group of gang members drove to Prospect Park South and shot at a group of individuals but did not hit anyone.
Later that same day, the group drove to Brownsville where an 18-year-old victim was shot in the shoulder and grazed in her back.
Over the course of two days, the defendants carried out four separate drive-by-shootings in Canarsie, Prospect Park South and Brownsville. At least 40 shots were fired and three victims were injured.
The crimes have been proven in court through a five-week case overseen by United States District Judge William F. Kuntz, II. Four other participants in the shootings also previously pleaded guilty.
The four gang members have been charged with the following:
- Conspiracy to murder rival gang members in-aid-of racketeering
- Attempted murder in-aid-of racketeering
- Attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in-aid-of racketeering
- Assault with a dangerous weapon in-aid-of racketeering
- Possessing, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence
Each will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Agoro and Fremont face mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years, and Bailey and Battice face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years.