Earlier today, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Lorenzo Bailey, Quincy Battice, Jean Fremont and Oluwagbenga Agora in a multi-count superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to kill members of a rival gang, aiding and abetting extortion, attempted murder, extortion, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon as aiding and abetting extortion, assault with a dangerous weapon as aiding and abetting extortion, and possessing, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a violent crime in connection with a November 2020 multiple shooting in Brooklyn. Bailey, Battice, Fremont and Agoro are all members or associates of the Flatbush-based Folk Nation Gangster Disciples, also known as “GD.” Bailey and Fremont are also leaders of GD’s No Love City (NLC) subset, with Fremont serving on the NLC’s five-member “steering committee” and Bailey as the group’s “chief of security.” In addition, Agoro was convicted of threatening physical violence in connection with an extortion scheme. The verdicts followed a five-week trial before U.S. District Judge William F. Kuntz, II. Upon sentencing, both defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison; Agoro and Fremont face mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years, while Bailey and Battice face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years. Four other participants in the shooting have previously pleaded guilty.
Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the verdict.
“In senseless revenge for the theft of a gold chain, our Brooklyn community was terrorized by gun-wielding gangs, leaving three victims injured in four separate shootings over a two-day period,” said US Attorney Peace. “The residents of this county deserve to walk the streets of our communities without fear of becoming victims of gun violence. Today’s verdict sends a resounding message that defendants who show a callous disregard for human life and safety will be dealt with to the full extent of the law and brought to justice.”
Mr. Peace thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; To the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for assistance in the case.
As evidenced at trial, the defendants were involved in four shootings over a two-day period stemming from the kidnapping of a gold chain and pendant from Fremont by rival gang members after filming a music video in Brooklyn. News of the theft spread online, along with photos of the stolen necklace. In response to taunts about the theft posted on social media, the defendants plotted revenge against members of a rival gang.
Shooting in November 2020
As evidenced at trial, Agoro, Bailey, Battice, Fremont and others carried out four separate drive-by shootings in Canarsie, Prospect Park South and Brownsville on November 7 and 9, 2020, in which three victims were injured. In the first shooting on November 7, Agoro, Bailey, Battice, Fremont and others drove to Canarsie, where they fired on a group of individuals. The defendants then drove back to one of the shooter’s residences before rejoining the second shooting in Canarsie, during which two individuals were wounded in the legs. On November 9, 2020, Agoro and others drove to Prospect Park South, where they fired at a group of individuals but did not hit anyone. Later that day, Agoro, Fremont and others drove to Brownsville for another shooting where one 18-year-old victim was shot in the shoulder and cut in the back.
In March 2021, Agoro went to a bodega in Flatbush. He and another individual then displayed a gun and threatened to kill the bodega clerk unless the clerk allowed the defendant and his friends to take merchandise from the store for free.
This case is being prosecuted under the joint federal, state and local Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, which is a central part of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and re-entry programs to permanently reduce crime.
The investigations leading to these prosecutions and convictions were conducted by the FBI/NYPD Safe Streets Task Force and the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division.
The government’s case is being handled by the Bureau’s Organized Crime and Gang Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Siegel, Dana Rehnquist and Sophia Suarez are in charge of the prosecution with the assistance of Paralegal Celine Laruelle.
LORENZO BAILEY (also known as “Renzo” and “St. Clair Bailey”)
QUINCY BATTICE (aka “Hush Dinero” and “George Ayala”)
JEAN FREMONT (aka “Juno” and “Bigga Twirl”)
Brooklyn, New York
OLUWAGBENGA AGORO (also known as “Gee Banga”)
Brooklyn, New York
EDNY Docket No. 20-CR-293 (WFK)