Despite 15-year sentence, G. Dep doesn’t regret confession | News

In his first public comments since receiving his 15-years-to-life sentence last week on a second-degree murder conviction, former rapper Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman tells the New York Post that he feels no regrets for confessing to the nearly 20-year-old crime.

“I feel what I did was right,” Coleman told the Post. Despite having to spend at least the next decade and a half in the state penitentiary, away from his life and family — he has an 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old twin boys — Coleman says he has “never” doubted his decision to come clean nearly two years ago and that his wife and kids are beginning to understand it.

“I think my daughter understands why,” he said. “My sons, they know that I’m in jail. I talk to them a lot.”

In December of 2010, Coleman strolled into a local precinct and confessed to shooting a man during an attempted robbery in 1993. Coleman explained that he fired at the victim three times after struggling with him for control of the gun. He then turned and fled into the night, never finding out his victim’s fate. Coleman was only 18.

He didn’t find out until he confessed that the man he’d shot, 32-year-old John Henkel, had died from his injuries.

Coleman says that if he could offer advice to his teenage self it would be to “stop playing with guns.” He stopped short of totally condemning his past, though, saying that things “happen for a reason” and that he may have never had his daughter had he not lived the life he did.

He also says that he hopes to be forgiven for his crimes and prays “a lot,” but that he has yet to forgive himself.

“I’m working on it,” he says.