After being found guilty of second-degree murder last month for a 1993 shooting he committed and confessed to two decades later, former Bad Boy MC G. Dep was handed a 15-years-to-life sentence this morning in a New York courtroom.
In December 2010, the former rapper born Trevell Coleman, then 35, walked into a police precinct and admitted to shooting a man during an attempted robbery 17 years earlier. Unbeknownst to Coleman, the man he’d shot, 32-year-old John Henkel, died from his injuries.
“I was surprised…for some reason, I really didn’t think that he died,” Coleman told the New York Post after his confession. “When they told me, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going home after this.’”
Coleman’s attorney Anthony Ricco tried unsuccessfully to convince the jury that the evidence was not strong enough to convict. After last month’s guilty verdict, he called Coleman “courageous” for confessing to the crime.
As rapper G. Dep, Coleman experienced success in the early 2000s with hit singles “Special Delivery,” its star-studded remix and “Let’s Get It,” whose video helped popularize the dance craze known as the Harlem Shake. Despite the success of the singles, Coleman’s debut album Child of the Ghetto failed to meet sales expectations and he was eventually dropped from Bad Boy. Coleman has also had some well-documented battles with substance abuse.