New York, N.Y. – Casanova has been charged with attempted murder in his federal rackateering case, according to Pitchfork.
In the case against alleged members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang, a superseding indictment states Casanova is now facing attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, as well as other new assault and weapons charges. The New York rapper is already facing racketeering conspiracy and narcotics conspiracy charges.
Documents state, “on or about October 24, 2020, in the Southern District of Florida, Southern District of New York, and elsewhere,” Casanova and Jayecee “knowingly attempted to murder an individual and assaulted that individual with a dangerous weapon” and “shot at a rival gang member in Miami, Florida.”
Despite the new charges, Casanova’s attorney said in a statement, “[Casanova] has been and will continue asserting his innocence on these and all charges.”
Casanova turned himself in to police in December 2020 after being wanted by the FBI on charges of racketeering conspiracy, firearm possession and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. 17 other suspects were also named in the indictment and were already in custody at the time Casanova surrendered to authorities.
Located at Westchester County Jail, Casanova attempted to secure a $2.5 million bail in January 2021 but was denied.
Through his manager, Casanova posted a message to his Instagram account in October addressing his incarceration.
“This is a public service announcement to all my fans and very important friends,” he wrote. “I’ve been incarcerated for almost one year now, exhausted all remedies and spent a significant amount of money on legal fees to prove my innocence.The charges against me are false,they don’t represent or reflect the person that I am. They are simply using my past criminal history to crucify me in court.
“I’m the same individual that went to city hall and housing projects with @ericadamsfornyc to speak to children and explain to them how shootings and gun violence isn’t the way of life.I’ve visited shelters to feed the people in need all around the world including Africa, donated to back to school drives and not one of my good deeds are mentioned or acknowledged.”
He added, “I’m calling on all the great people with meaningful and powerful voices to help me with this matter. Any help provided will be a blessing, because I feel defeated one’s past shouldn’t be the reason why you can’t be afforded a successful future. No one should be held accountable for the crimes they have already served their time for, in legal terms that’s considered double jeopardy.”