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Kenneth McGriff was the leader of the Supreme Team gang, a main player in the Baisley Park crack-cocaine scene. In 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison.
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In exchange, Gotti and his friends began creating the financial backing needed to make McGriff's Hollywood vision a reality. By the end of the year, however, McGriff was sent back to prison for multiple parole violations. He served another two and half years in prison before he was released in 1997.
In 2000, McGriff flew to Los Angeles in an attempt to purchase the rights to Goines's novel. He lined up a cast, locations and even pre-released a volume of music for the film consisting of musicians on Gotti's Murder, Inc. record label. The film Crime Partners was shot later that year in Harlem, New York, and included appearances by Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg and Ice-T. McGriff optioned the rights to four more Goines books, with the vision to produce a franchise.
But life went sour for McGriff after he was asked to settle a dispute between rappers 50 Cent and Ja Rule. Musician 50 Cent refused to back down after countless threats, instead mocking McGriff through the lyrics of his song "Ghetto Qu'ran," which was released in 2000. The incidents escalated until 50 Cent was shot nine times on May 24, 2000, by unknown attackers. He survived, and released another song, which implicated McGriff in the shooting. In 2005, when the rapper released a biopic about his life entitled Get Rich or Die Tryin', he created a character named Majestic, who seemed to be based on McGriff.
This series of accusations were followed by more serious charges in late 2001, after rival gangsters Eric "E Money Bags" Smith and Troy Singleton were found murdered in Queens. Investigators believed that McGriff had hired killers to exact revenge on the two men, who were allegedly responsible for the death of McGriff's friend, Black Jus' Johnson. After the slaying of two more men who were working with Supreme, police gathered enough evidence to imprison McGriff in 2002, pending murder changes.
In 2003, Gotti also came under investigation, putting his record label in serious jeopardy. Gotti was charged with laundering funds for McGriff in 2005, but the jury declared Gotti innocent on all charges. Despite the victory, McGriff was convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering and murder in New York federal court. Using testimony from a hitman, text messages, and alleged video evidence of the victim's last few moments alive, prosecutors made the case that McGriff had hired killers for $50,000. Because all his assets, and Gotti's assets, were seized, McGriff was unable to hire a lawyer. Instead, he was granted a court-appointed attorney. On February 9, 2007, the jury sentenced McGriff to life in prison.
He is currently serving his life sentence at the ADX Florence prison in Florence, Colorado.
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