The 30 Biggest Criminal Trials in Rap History

19. The People of the State of New York v. Trevell Coleman (2012)

Crime: Second-Degree Murder
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: Currently serving 15 years at Rikers Island in New York.

G-Dep was just a teenager when he shot John Henkel, a 32-year-old man. Dep was unaware that the man died from his injuries. The case went completely cold; G-Dep went on to find some mainstream rap success with Puffy in the early 2000s, but was ultimately swallowed up by drug addiction.

Then, in 2010, he walked into a police station and told police what he’d done. At trial, his attorney argued that Dep had shot someone that night, but that a lifetime of PCP addiction had affected his memory of the events. There was no way to know that Henkel was the man who he had shot.

His initial confession to police, though, seemed affirmed by the facts. Initially facing 35 years in prison for his crime, he was convicted for 15-life, the minimum sentence. The jury foreman, who turned out to be GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson, wrote a letter asking for leniency in the case.

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