(AllHipHop News) Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron testified at his federal trial that the lyrics and images displayed in his music and videos were simply fictional tales, and he is no longer involved in the criminal activities of his past. That was not enough to convince a jury of his innocence.
The New York Times reports Herron was convicted on 21 counts including racketeering, drug trafficking, and the murders of Frederick Brooks, Richard Russo and Victor Zapata. He was previously acquitted in state court for one of the murder cases presented at the federal trial.
Ra Diggs was allegedly the leader of a Bloods gang faction and drug enterprise centered in Brooklyn's Gowanus Houses projects. He was also a member of the rap group Murda Team with Uncle Murda who testified in court on Herron's behalf. Ra Diggs was affiliated with Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka as well.
“He styled himself a rap artist, but the jury’s verdict makes clear who Herron really is: a drug dealer and murderer who sought power through fear and intimidation," stated U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch.
Sentencing for Ronald Herron is set for October 1. He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.