Feds Officially Seek Death Penalty Against Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff

The federal government

is officially seeking the death penalty against Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff

in his upcoming murder and racketeering case.

Prosecutor Roslynn

R. Mauskopf filed a death penalty request notice yesterday (March 22) in the

case, which charges McGriff with the murder of Queens, New York, rapper Eric

"E Money Bags" Smith and Smith’s associate, Troy Singleton.

"The defendant

[McGriff] possesses a risk of future dangerousness as manifested by a continued

pattern of violence, lack of remorse and contemporaneous convictions for multiple

murders," Mauskopf said.

McGriff is also

facing charges for a drug-related double slaying in Owings Mills, Maryland,

where police found $30,000 in cash in a stash house allegedly used by McGriff.

Police also confiscated

cocaine, heroin and promotional items from the Crime Partners movie that

McGriff allegedly funded with help from Hip-Hop label The Inc.

Last March, prosecutors

unsuccessfully attempted to combine The Inc.’s heads Irv and Chris Lorenzo’s

federal money laundering case with McGriff’s, but a judge eventually struck

the motion down.

In Dec. 2005, the

Lorenzo’s were eventually acquitted of laundering over $1 million of McGriff’s

drug proceeds through The Inc, which is home to top-selling artists Ja Rule,

Ashanti and others.

The government

accused McGriff of secretly owning and controlling the label, which was distributed

by Island Def Jam Music Group.

"Though the

feds allege ‘substantial planning and premeditation’ on Supreme’s part in the

murders of Troy Singleton and Eric ‘E Money Bags’ Smith it’s still a shock that

they are seeking the death penalty," Ethan Brown told AllHipHop.com. "In

law enforcement circles, these kind of targeted killings are often regarded

as less worthy of a death penalty authorization than murders in which victims

are tortured or maimed."

Brown authored

the best-selling book, Queens

Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler,

a detailed look into McGriff’s drug dealing crew, other Queens drug dealers

and their connection to the Hip-Hop industry.

Last December,

prosecutors announced that during McGriff’s trial, they would introduce evidence

that he also ordered the May 2000 shooting of 50 Cent, who used the shooting

incident to help catapult himself to fame.

The introduction

of 50 Cent’s shooting means that the rapper may be subpoenaed to testify in

court against McGriff, with whom he has publicly feuded.

McGriff is also

accused of taking surveillance of E Money Bags and having the rapper gunned

down in his SUV in July 2001. The government accuses McGriff of ordering E Money

Bags’ murder to avenge the murder of a friend, Colbert "Black Just"

Johnson.

Last week, McGriff

was charged with a new attempted murder, for allegedly plotting to kill a woman

that was pregnant with his child because she refused to have an abortion. Prosecutors

also motioned to move McGriff’s impending trial to May 1.

In 50 Cent’s movie

Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the character of "Majestic" is loosely

based on McGriff.

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