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Man pleads not guilty to murder, gun charges in killing of Sacramento rapper

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A twenty-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, both tied to the 2020 killing of up-and-coming rapper Christopher Treadwell of Elk Grove, better known as Bris.

At a short hearing held last month, attorneys for Moses Hirschfield entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 16.

There, county prosecutors will present limited evidence and testimony in an effort to establish probable cause to believe that Bris was murdered, and that Hirschfield was the man behind the gun.

Hirschfield, 19 at the time, was arrested at his home three months after Bris was found dead behind Jimboy’s Tacos near the corner of Fruitridge Road and Franklin Boulevard. His blacked-out sports car was found impaled on a pole nearby.

Prosecutors say Hirschfield and Bris locked eyes in a convenience store when Hirschfield recognized the rapper as a member of a rival gang. Bris was affiliated with the Fruitridge Vista Bloods on 42nd Street.

“It was apparent that they did not get along,” Deputy DA Satnam Rattu said in court this past November.

Once Bris saw Hirschfield, Rattu said, he ran to his car and sped off. Hirschfield followed right behind him. The duo was captured on traffic cameras blowing through red lights at a high rate of speed, with Bris eventually crashing head-on into a power pole just outside of Jimboy’s Tacos.

“The victim is trying to get away,” Rattu explained.

After the “Need Hammy” rapper crashed his car and got out to run on foot, Hirschfield allegedly fired at him four times with a .45 caliber handgun. Bris, tripping over his clothes, circled around Jimboy’s Tacos and attempted to hide from his assailant behind the restaurant. That’s when, prosecutors say, Hirschfield found and killed him.

“Mr. Hirschfield gets out of the vehicle, runs behind the drive-through, and executes the victim,” Rattu said.

The young rapper’s death shook the Sacramento community, with many mourning him as a rising talent taken too soon.

“RIP Bris. The Emu. Sactown’s best talent since Mozzy,” music critic Jeff Weiss said on Twitter. “The potential to be an all-time West Coast great, but cut down way too soon.”

When Hirschfield was arrested, according to court papers, several firearms and extended clips were found in his home. He’s currently held in the Sacramento County Main Jail without bail and, since his arrest, has been charged with possessing drugs behind bars. Proceedings in that matter will follow his murder case.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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