Murda Team Rapper Ronald "Ra Diggs" Herron Convicted Of 3 Murders, Drug Trafficking & Racketeering

Written by John Marzulli for the New York Daily News

He didn't beat the rap.

A federal jury convicted aspiring hip hop artist Ronald (Ra Diggs) Herron of racketeering, drug trafficking and the murders of three rivals after only one day of deliberations in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Herron remained stoic as the jury foreman pronounced him guilty of all 21 counts in the indictment. He faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Oct. 1 by Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

The sister of murder victim Victor Zapata and several supporters of Herron wept quietly in the courtroom.

Prosecutors took the unusual step of using Herron’s rap lyrics and YouTube videos as evidence against him in the trial — he boasted of beating a murder case, retaliating against drug rivals and being a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang.

Herron’s defense team called an expert on rap music, Lehigh University professor James Peterson, to argue that the lyrics are written forms of art and should not be interpreted literally.

In a risky move, Herron took the witness stand in his own defense and insisted that the violent content of his lyrics was “exaggeration” and “hyperbole.”

Federal prosecutors, the FBI and the NYPD teamed up to take down Herron’s drug crew, which had been terrorizing the Gowanus Houses.

"Ronald Herron and his gang of thugs preyed on their community while glorifying their criminal lifestyle," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.

"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.”

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Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 28, 2014 at 12:06am
I respect a negga dat do what he say...good or bad...thazz called integrity!! Im that same kind ah negga!! If i say it, you know iss gon happen!! Only fugg neggaz thazz fake be hatin!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 28, 2014 at 12:01am
Los you full ah shet Betch scared to post ya pay stub cos you a minimum wage negga, not cos you a target for federal investigation!! I been such a target but I still post my shet...I juss black out tha personal info!!

Los magneeto where ya stub?? You could black out ya name, ya KFC employee number and all personal info...juss leave tha date and amount!! Fugg negga!!
Comment by Los on June 27, 2014 at 8:35pm
That's why I never post shiiit online like some idiots b doing on this site like @1fudge aka the first of a gay breed
Comment by WE.SMOKE GOOD.ZA.NATION on June 27, 2014 at 8:25pm
Vlad the Feds. Fact
N***** run they mouth too much. Fact
Bet n***** won't learn
Comment by 50bones on June 27, 2014 at 7:00pm
@richard allen
correctional facilities are either government operated or privatized. neither of which are publicly traded so there aren't dividends to pay. you also have to have a board and shareholders and an amalgamated dividend yield.
nevertheless crime unto others deserve recourse. its the victim-less crimes with explosive conviction rates that pack jails tight. like smoking Weed, consensual legal age prostitution and sodomy - funny that most crimes that are victimless are non taxable. i digress
Comment by will on June 27, 2014 at 6:41pm
All the up n coming dope boys etc, need to read and take that advice Richard allen is giving. Priceless
Comment by jonesn on June 27, 2014 at 4:41pm
It's entertainment being real will give you these results every time talent will take you to the top rick ross is fake but talent is why I listen Wayne is fake talent is why I listen this cat a waste of talent
Comment by Jux on June 27, 2014 at 3:21pm
sad s***.. not saying he innocent but Life in a cage !!! i dont wish that on nobody
Comment by richard allan on June 27, 2014 at 3:10pm
real gangsta NEVER talk about what they do. Even if it's veiled as entertainment. Social media is taking down thugs quicker than the RICO statutes ever did. NO cameras, no phones, no status updates ever if you wanna be a G. Everything you say (verbally or on the internet) can and absolutely will be used against you to lock your b!tch a$$ up so that corporate america can benefit from your incarceration in the form of quarterly dividends. The belly of the beast is never full you idiots!
Comment by URKILLER on June 27, 2014 at 1:37pm
Was it worth it?

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