Rappers Treated Gang Members to Steak Dinners, Gold Chain for Shooting New York City Rival: Prosecutors
Gang members allegedly took pleasure in the murder of a rival and marked the occasion by indulging in an expensive dinner at a luxurious steakhouse, prosecutors claimed. The extravagant feast was funded by their most influential members, two hip-hop stars who utilized their wealth to perpetuate violence throughout Brooklyn, according to the attorneys.
Gold-album-selling rapper Sheff G and his protégé Sleepy Hallow allegedly paid for the dinner at an upscale Manhattan steak house to celebrate the “mass shooting” in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that killed 23-year-old Theodore Senior in October 2020 and wounded five others, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
At the dinner, the rappers wore matching outfits and one of the attendees was gifted with a custom-made gold chain with the dead man’s nickname on it, NYPD Deputy Chief Jason Savino told The New York Daily News.
On May 16, Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow — also known as Michael Williams, 24, and Tegan Chambers, 23 — were indicted alongside 30 other gang members for 27 different acts of violence, including a dozen shootings, prosecutors announced.
The suspects are all alleged members of the 8 Trey Crips and the 9 Ways gangs, which are suspected of teaming up to wage a years-long campaign of violence in Brooklyn, Gonzalez said.
Police began their investigation after the drive-by shooting that killed Senior, an alleged Folk Nation gang member, the Daily News reported.
Sheff G and a Folk Nation-affiliated rapper allegedly got into a beef with each other. That is when the 8 Trey Crips and 9 Ways alliance began and they decided to shoot up the street that their rivals used as a hangout spot, according to Gonzalez.
The steak dinner took place two days after the shooting happened, officials said.
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Prosecutors said Senior’s nickname was “Sniper,” and the custom-made gold chain was given to co-conspirator Jovanie “G-Gill” Chouloutte, 22. The gold chain included a sniper’s crosshairs with two x-marks over it to signify Senior was killed.
Mayor Eric Adams praised the investigation and called the suspects “dangerous,” the Daily News reported.
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Sheff G is currently serving two years for a 2021 gun possession conviction and was slated to be released next month, officials said.
The gang members face a variety of charges, including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, weapon possession, assault, and gang assault, authorities said.
Prosecutors noted 25 of the 32 suspects have been arrested, and the other seven remain at large.
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