AceShowbiz - Casanova has officially filed an appeal for his lengthy prison sentence. Less than a month after being slapped with 15-year prison sentence in racketeering and drug case, the "Coming Home" rapper was revealed to have made a bid to lighten his sentencing.
Revealing the news was Casanova's lawyer, James Kousouros. To All Hip-Hop, James dished that the 36-year-old spitter's appeal was submitted on Friday, July 7. It challenged the lengthy sentence given away by Judge Philip M. Halpern back on June 27.
Casanova's prison sentence for racketeering and drug case was announced by Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In a press release, he stated, "Caswell Senior is not just a notorious recording artist, but he is also a high-profile leader of a vicious street gang and a magnet for gang violence."
"At a crowded Miami house party, Senior personally fired a gun that seriously injured and could have killed a victim, inciting a shootout," the U.S. Attorney continued. "Further, Senior's stature in the community was central to Gorilla Stone's successful recruitment and nationwide expansion. Today's sentencing, along with the other significant sentences that have been imposed in this case, shows once again that gang life is not worth it and will lead to many years in prison."
Before he was slapped with the prison sentence, Casanova penned a heart-touching letter to Judge Philip Halpern. "I am telling you and anyone that will listen that I wanted out before I was arrested and I am out," the hip-hop artist began. "I learned through my music career that people will listen and that I don't need to associate myself with a gang to succeed."
"I don't need to associate with a gang even if I don't succeed. While I have been in here I lost my father to cancer. While I put on that strong facade, all I wanted to do was end it. Surviving on Rikers Island and upstate correctional facilities were not easy with racial and gang tension and violence at its height," he went on.