Rapper G. Dep, a.k.a. Trevell Coleman, has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of a shooting from 1993 that left John Henkel dead. But the circumstances surrounding the case are anything but ordinary.
Coleman walked into the 23rd precinct police station in December 2010 and confessed to the crime. He told Detective William Dunn that when he was about 17 to 19 years old, he’d shot someone while trying to rob him on a street corner and fled, throwing the gun into the East River. Det. Dunn matched Coleman’s account to a cold case and arrested him.
A police source at the time told the New York Post that the crime had been “eating away at” Coleman and that he had wanted to get right with God about it.
But things took a bizarre twist when Coleman decided to take the case to trial. He was unhappy with the plea negotiations, not wanting to take the full 15-year sentence that is mandatory with a murder plea. So Coleman decided to have a jury trial, hoping the jurors would find some reasonable doubt, since there were a few details from his confession that didn’t match Henkel’s shooting.
However, the jury convicted Coleman and he has now been sentenced to the minimum of 15 years to life.
G. Dep had some fame after signing with Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ record label in 1999 and releasing “Let’s Get It,” which popularized the dance the Harlem Shake. But G. Dep was dropped from the label a few years later.