Former Bad Boy rapper G. Dep was found guilty of second degree murder in a New York City court on Tuesday, following a brief trial that started last week.
The trial began after the 37-year-old, real name Trevell Coleman, surrendered himself to police and admitted to shooting a man in Harlem during a failed attempt at robbery in 1993.
In late 2010, Coleman came forward to confess that he’d shot a man, identified by police as John Henkel, nearly two decades earlier in Harlem. According to Coleman’s story, he attempted to rob a man on a Harlem corner, then shot him and rode off on a bicycle, not knowing whether the victim had survived.
Opening statements in the trial were made last week, on April 10, and one day later, Coleman dropped a bombshell on prosecutors by changing up his story. He claimed that while he did shoot someone, it was not Henkel.
Despite the change in story, the prosecution stood firm, contending that Henkel was the only victim who fit the details of Coleman’s confession. “Eighteen years ago, the defendant made a calculated decision to steal from, shoot and kill an innocent person on the street,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement.
Trevell Coleman is expected to face a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison on May 8.
After the jury delivered a guilty verdict for the 37-year-old, defense lawyer Anthony Ricco praised his client’s efforts to be honest. “He has a conscience and a heart, and his conscience and his heart brought him to where he is today,” Ricco told reporters after the trial. “He’s probably making the most powerful statement a rapper of his era can make, which is to be accountable and to do the right thing.”
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