Casanova‘s legal team has filed an appeal over the 15-year prison sentence he was given in late June.
Casanova’s lawyer, James Kousouros, argued that the Brooklyn rapper, (real name Caswell Senior), sentence should be reduced. Kousouros pointed out that Casanova had denounced his previous affiliations with the Gorilla Stone Nation gang.
“The fact is that Mr. Senior stayed in this gang as it furthered his rap career,” Casanova’s lawyers said. “As he gained moderate success and then a recording contract with Roc Nation, he increasingly separated himself from the gang’s activities despite remaining a member.”
Casanova received a prison sentence of 188 months, which is equivalent to 15 years behind bars. The charges against him include a shooting in Florida on July 5, 2020, a robbery in New York City on August 5, 2018, and conspiracy to traffic over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
“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,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a press release. “At a crowded Miami house party, Senior personally fired a gun that seriously injured and could have killed a victim, inciting a shootout.
He continued: “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.”
Casanova becomes the 12th defendant in the racketeering case to be sentenced, with five additional defendants having pleaded guilty and currently awaiting their own sentencing.
Cas took it to twitter to issue a short message after receiving his sentence, saying, “Everything to the chin, Nothing to the heart. I GET IT NOW. I hope that don’t go over ya heads.”