Puff Daddy-approved rapper Trevell “G-Dep” Coleman’s heading to prison for a murder he probably would have gotten away with — if he hadn’t walked into a police station in 2010 and copped to it, that is.
Coleman was in court this morning where he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of second-degree murder for the 1993 slaying of a Queens man during a robbery-gone-wrong in East Harlem.
On December 16, 2010 — after the case had been cold for nearly seven years — Coleman walked into a police station and turned himself in.
According to authorities, on October 19, 1993, at about 1 a.m., Coleman approached the victim, 32-year-old John Henkel, who was standing near the MetroNorth railroad tracks at the corner of East 114th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan and robbed him.
In the course of the robbery, Coleman threatened Henkel with a .40-caliber pistol. He then shot him three times in the torso at point-blank range. Henkel died in the hospital the next morning.
At trial, Coleman’s attorney, Anthony Rico, argued that his client had in fact shot someone, but that it wasn’t Henkel. That tale, it turned out, was a little too tall for jurors and he was found guilty of Henkel’s murder.
Coleman’s 15 years to life sentence is the minimum sentence he could have received for a second-degree murder conviction.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 8, 2012