G. Dep – once a rapper on Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ Bad Boy Records – was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday (May 8) for the 1993 shooting death of a New York City man during a botched robbery attempt.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus provided a few words of encouragement to G. Dep at the sentencing.

“The circumstance of your being before the court now suggests to me a maturity and decency that wouldn’t have been evident at the time,” he said. “It was the right thing to do, even though it landed you in the position you find yourself in now.”

The judge was referring to the decision made by Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman to turn himself in for a 1993 shooting that was essentially a cold case. He confessed in 2010 and was found guilty of 2nd degree murder on Tuesday (April 18), after investigators connected his confession with the death of John Henkel, a man who had been shot three times.

“Conscience drove him to do something. … He thinks he did the right thing,” defense lawyer Anthony L. Ricco said after an earlier hearing.

Dep later decided that Hinkel’s shooting was different than the one he confessed to and pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder. But the crime stuck. After three days of arguments and two days of deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict of guilty of 2nd degree murder.

While he has yet to speak about the 15 years he received, days after the guilty verdict, he said he was prepared to accept his fate.

“You know, someone was taken from [the Henkel] family, so I can’t feel like I was robbed in any kind of way,” Dep told MTV from lockup. “I just want to thank everyone that was involved in the case. I don’t have no ill thoughts towards anybody.”

–E. Parker, CBS Local


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