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Young Money has housed a ton of notable artists, both past and present: Lil Twist, DJ Khaled, Cory Gunz, Curren$y, Omarion, Tyga, and Christina Milian, to name a few. The artist roster is long as hell, but it’s about to get a tad shorter. One of YM’s artists, Flow, has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2015 double murder of two brothers in New Orleans, according to NOLA.com.
Born Widner Degruy, Flow killed the Bishop brothers — 18-year-old Kendred, who went by the name Kirby, and 22-year-old Kendrick, a rapper signed to Degruy’s label who went by the name MuddyCupBuddy. On the morning of May 25, 2015, the brothers were found shot to death in a black Kia sedan on a street in New Orleans. According to prosecutors, Degruy killed the brothers in retaliation after accusing them of stealing $8,000 and two guns from his girlfriend’s car a week prior to their death. On April 8, Degruy was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
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He initially put the blame of the murders on a man named Jonathan Evans and Evans’ now-deceased cousin. Evans testified against Degruy and was sentenced to 20 years for his role in the crime. Authorities believed Degruy to be the suspect after recovering his phone from the crime scene. Assistant District Attorney Alex Calenda said the piece of evidence “started the snowball effect” that led police to believe that Degruy was a prime suspect.
Another piece of evidence surfaced. At the crime scene, an NOPD officer’s body camera recorded Degruy screaming, “Sir, that’s my (expletive) phone right there,” from behind the crime tape. A few weeks prior to his second-degree murder trial, Degruy pled guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case after admitting he didn’t tell police what he knew about the murders of the Bishop brothers.
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On Tuesday (May 14), Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced Degruy to “life without benefit of parole on each of the second-degree murder charges, and to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. She gave him 40 years for obstruction of justice, and 30 years for conspiracy to obstruct justice,” according to NOLA.com. She gave him credit for time served and is allowing sentences to run concurrent.
Donning an orange jumpsuit, Degruy appeared “agitated and upset,” the news outlet mentioned. As Assistant District Attorney Irena Zajickova began to read the statement of the Bishop brothers’ mother, Sherry Strauss, Degruy knocked a stack of papers off the sheriff deputy’s desk onto the floor. He was removed but brought back hear the family’s statements and to receive his sentencing. Strauss, who said her children were her “everything,” wrote in her statement, “In the beginning, I hated you. I considered you a monster. Today, I no longer hate you. I feel sorry for you.”