As we reported last week, Puffy-approved rapper G-Dep was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a decades-old murder he probably would have gotten away with if he hadn’t turned himself in nearly 20 years later. G-Dep has since explained to the media his decision to rat himself out — and he’s now, pretty much, our favorite convicted murderer ever.
G-Dep, a.k.a., Trevell Coleman, granted an interview to the New York Post from his current home on Rikers Island. Despite the fact that he’s about to do some pretty lengthy prison time, Coleman doesn’t regret his decision to come clean.
From the Post:
Sentenced last week to 15 years in prison, former “Bad Boy” rapper G. Dep still believes that confessing to a 2-decades-old murder was the right thing to do — even though he had gotten away with it.
“No, never,” the rapper said, when asked if doubt or regret had begun to set in.
“Maybe at the end of serving time or after looking back, someone might feel differently,” he said, speaking from Rikers Island, where he is housed pending a transfer into the state prison system. “But now I feel what I did was right.”
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.
In 2010, 17 years after the investigation into the murder already had gone cold, Coleman walked into a police station and spilled his guts to detectives.
Coleman now says the murder, which happened when he was only 18, was only supposed to be a robbery. But Henkel fought back — during the fight, Coleman shot him three times with a .40-caliber pistol.
Coleman, who has an 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old twins, says his wife is “starting to understand” why he turned himself in. However, he says he still hasn’t forgiven himself for taking a man’s life.
See the entire Post interview here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 14, 2012