September 25, 2022 — Federal prosecutors filed paperwork with New York U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman last week objecting to any medical release for former Queens drug kingpin Lorenzo (Fat Cat) Nichols so he can leave federal custody and go to Florida to finish up his time behind bars for an auto-theft conspiracy conviction he took in 2005 while serving time in a Martin County federal witness-protection unit. He has 10 years of state time to do in Florida. His son Jay was nailed with him in the stolen-car case.
Nichols, 63, ruled the NYC cocaine trade in the 1980s, mentoring the street legends that went on to become the Supreme Team. He’s been imprisoned since 1988 for murder and is seeking compassion from Korman in his Brooklyn court room. Back in the spring, the State of New York paroled Nichols from a 40-year sentence for drugs, racketeering and murder and released him to the feds, where he still has time to do for a separate narcotics-trafficking conviction. Due to his cooperation, Fat Cat was hoping the feds would be quick to dispatch him to Florida so he could finally have a light at the end of the tunnel.
In a letter to Judge Korman, Nichols claimed his current home at the Brooklyn Detention Center is raising his blood pressure, causing him migraine headaches and denying him vegan meals. The pleadings U.S. Attorneys put into the record this past week argue Nichols is exaggerating his ailments and needs to do more fed time prior to closing out his sentence down South.
Nichols cut a plea-deal for himself in 1992 and admitted ordering the execution of parole officer Brian Rooney in 1985 as revenge for Rooney violating him and sending him back to prison. He also pleaded guilty to ordering the gangland slayings of an ex-girlfriend named Myesha Horsham for stealing from his drug operation and “stick-up kid” Isaac Bolden for robbing another one of his girlfriends at gunpoint in an alley behind a Queens nightclub.
According to DEA documents, Nichols gave the Isaac Bolden murder contract to the Supreme Team to carry out. Authorities suspect Nichols also handed down the order for the February 1988 murder of New York Police Department officer Eddie Byrne to the Supreme Team.
Byrne was gunned down behind the wheel of his patrol car in South Jamaica, Queens on the corner of 107th and Inwood Streets as he guarded the house of an NYPD snitch from Guyana. Gerald (Prince) Miller, nephew of iconic Supreme Team boss Kenny (Supreme) McGriff, was convicted of farming out the hit to a group of young thugs in 1994 and sentenced to life in federal prison. Supreme McGriff is doing a pair of life bids for two gangland hits in the early 2000s tied to McGriff seeking revenge for the murder of a Supreme Team member.