Gang leader sentenced to 35 years for retaliatory shootings in Brooklyn

May 31, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Jean Fremont and his co-defendants carried out the shootings in retaliation for the theft of a pendant featuring the letters “SPMB,” closely associated with their gang's leader. Photo by maew/Adobe Stock
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Jean Fremont, also known as “Juno” and “Bigga Twirl,” a leader of the No Love City (NLC) gang, was sentenced on Thursday to 35 years in prison by U.S. District Judge William Kuntz for his involvement in three shootings in November 2020. 

The NLC is a subset of the Flatbush-based Folk Nation Gangster Disciples (GD).

Fremont, 32, was convicted in November 2022 on multiple counts, including conspiracy to murder rival gang members, attempted murder, assault and firearms offenses. The shootings were part of a retaliatory effort after a gold chain and pendant were stolen from Fremont by rival gang members during a music video shoot in Brooklyn.

“Fremont will spend decades in prison for attempting to murder individuals for the sole purpose of defending his gang’s reputation,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said. “Incarcerating Fremont and his co-defendants for a long period of time for their ruthless acts of violence and complete disregard for human life will serve to protect the community while sending a message of deterrence to others who foolishly seek status by choosing to join violent gangs.”

Jean Fremont, also known as “Juno” and “Bigga Twirl,” was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in three shootings in November 2020, related to gang activity in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of the EDNY
Jean Fremont, also known as “Juno” and “Bigga Twirl,” was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in three shootings in November 2020, related to gang activity in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of the EDNY

The November 2020 shootings resulted in multiple injuries. Fremont and his co-defendants, all members or associates of NLC, carried out the shootings in retaliation for the theft of a pendant featuring the letters “SPMB,” closely associated with NLC’s leader. On Nov. 7, 2020, the pendant was stolen by rival gang members, prompting a series of shootings in rival gang territories. Despite the violence, the three victims survived their wounds.

Seven other members and associates of GD involved in the November 2020 shootings have also been convicted. Lorenzo Bailey received a 34-year sentence, Quincy Battice was sentenced to 32 years, Oluwagbenga Agoro to 30 years, Hans Destine to 20 years, Deryck Thompson to 210 months, Ricardo Hepburn to 135 months and McKoy Lima to 108 months.


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