G. Dep admitted to mugging and shooting a man named John Henkel in 1993. After getting away with the crime (he did not know his victim had died), the former Bad Boy Records rapper’s conscience got the better of him and he confessed to police in 201o, and is now serving 15 years to life after a jury found him guilty of second degree murder in 2012. The Harlem rapper spoke to ABC’s Nightline about his story.
Burdened by what happened, Coleman said his music suffered and Combs dropped him from his Bad Boy label.
“It probably was the drugs,” he said. “I was just knee deep in trying to medicate myself and not feel, and numb myself to whatever I was dealing with.”
In late 2010, Coleman, then 37, couldn’t bear it anymore. He went to the police and told an officer he had shot a man 16 years before.
The police did nothing.
“I guess he just felt like it was so outlandish, so he was like, ‘Listen, that was a long time ago. Give me your number and I’ll call you,'” Coleman said.
Two weeks later, he went back to the police to confess again.
“I think I was just at a point where enough is enough,” Coleman said. “It never went away, me thinking about it, so it was like I had to do something about it.”
Check out the full Nightline report below.