Shabazz sentenced to life for murder

WINNSBORO – Osman Shareef Shabazz, Jr., 24, has been convicted of murder and other related charges in a case that involved the death of Gabriel Deshawn Brisbon, 22, on Jan. 31, 2021. The case was tried in the 6th Circuit Court by Judge Brian Gibbons.


Shabazz was sentenced Sept. 29 to life in prison for Brisbon’s murder. He also received five-year sentences for two related charges of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and grand larceny.

Prosecutor Randy Newman’s office did not prosecute Shabazz for additional charges from the arrest for ill treatment of animals and malicious injury, Fairfield County Court records show.

In addition to Shabazz, Sylvia Bacon-Scott and a minor were also charged in Brisbon’s murder. They were also charged with grand larceny, malicious injury and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, court records show. Their trial dates have not been set at this time.


Gabriel Brisbon was last seen Jan. 31 at the Winnfield West Apartments in Winnsboro and was reported missing by his family on Feb. 2, 2021. Three days later, his body was found behind a vacant mobile home located near the intersection of US Hwy 321 S and Peach Road in Fairfield County, according to officials.

It was determined by investigators that Brisbon had been shot multiple times and his body had been partially buried.

Shabazz was quickly developed as a suspect and was arrested, along with Bacon-Scott and the minor on Feb. 11, 2021, according to a statement from Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery.

“This conviction represents justice for the family and friends but it still does not bring Gabe back,” Montgomery said. “I know that they still miss him and are still hurting. I want to thank all of those who helped and cooperated with this investigation, including Gabe’s family. I appreciate the hard work that our deputies put into this investigation with the assistance of SLED and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Solicitor’s Office.”

Winnsboro attorney William Frick represented Shabazz, according to court records.

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