Former Bad Boy rapper G-Dep was found guilty of second degree murder on Tuesday (April 18th) after he confessed to a shooting he committed back in 1993. The video of G-Dep’s confession was released last week where he confessed to shooting a man outside of James Weldon Johnson projects in Harlem.
Police then linked his confession to a murder that closely matched his shooting confession and he was charged with 2nd degree murder.
The 37-year-old rapper hugged his lawyer after hearing the jury’s verdict, which leaves him facing at least 15 years in prison at his sentencing, set for May 8.
Regardless, he remains convinced he did the right thing by coming forward, defense lawyer Anthony Ricco said.
“He has a conscience and a heart, and his conscience and his heart brought him to where he is today,” Ricco said after court. “He’s probably making the most powerful statement a rapper of his era can make, which is to be accountable and to do the right thing.”
“I couldn’t move on and keep trying to satisfy myself if I didn’t deal with that,” G-Dep told the hip hop magazine XXL in a jailhouse interview published in June. ” … I didn’t know what was going to be the outcome, but that was the only way I knew to deal with it.”
The victim had grabbed the rapper’s .40-caliber gun, and he pulled it back and fired at the man three times, G. Dep told authorities in a recorded statement played during his trial. After the gunfire, he said, he rode off on a bicycle, unsure whether the man had been struck. G. Dep didn’t testify at trial.