Ex-young Money rapper,Widner “Flow” Degruy has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2015 double murder of brothers Kendred and Kendrick Bishop.
The formerly was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label, was convicted April 8 of two counts of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. A jury deliberated about 1 ½ hours before convicting Degruy.
The Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced the rapper to life in prison on Tuesday without the benefit of parole on each of the second-degree murder charges, and to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. She also sentenced Flow, born Widner Degruy, to 40 years for obstruction of justice, and 30 years for conspiracy to obstruct justice.
he Bishop brothers – 18-year-old Kendred, who went by the name Kirby, and 22-year-old Kendrick, a rap artist signed to Degruy’s record label who performed as MuddyCupBuddy – were gunned down inside a black Kia sedan in the 4800 block of Bright Drive around 5:45 a.m. on May 25, 2015.
The bodies of Kendrick, 22, and Kendred Bishop, 18, were found in a car in New Orleans’ East Side.
During the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Irena Zajickova read a statement on behalf of the victims’ mother, Sherry Strauss, who said her children “were our heart, until you ripped that away from us. Maybe your parents didn’t love you enough like you wanted, but our boys were well-loved, and you knew it.”
Prosecutors said Degruy killed the brothers in retaliation because he thought they stole $8,000 and two guns from his girlfriend’s car a week earlier. Degruy said that wasn’t true, and told the jury his co-defendant was the one who had a problem with Kendred Bishop.
Degruy pinned the murders on Jonathan Evans and Evans’ now deceased cousin. Evans cooperated with law enforcement and testified against Degruy, and received a 20-year sentence for his role in the shooting.
Flow who signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2012, made his first appearance on record with Lil Wayne on the song “Inkredible (Remix),” off the 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait.