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Nearly two years after confessing to murder, rapper G-Dep has learned how long he will spend behind bars for the act. A judge sentenced the former Bad Boy artist to 15 years to life for his role in the 1993 shooting of a Harlem man. Dep was given the minimum sentence, which may or may not have been due to his confession.  In December of 2010 the father of three walked into a New York police station and admitted to robbing and shooting a man, which investigators were able to link to the then unsolved murder of John Henkel.

While in prison Dep attempted to recant his story claiming that he did not shoot Henkel, but another victim. He also maintains that he was unaware that the victim had died after the shooting. “My hope is that Trevell never wavers from his decision,” said Dep’s lawyer, Anthony Ricco. “Fifteen years is a long time. Fifteen years in the penitentiary for putting yourself there is an even longer time.”

As he preps to spend a good chunk of his life behind bars, Dep has stated working on a book about his life. “It’s one of those things where I’m not trying to explain or justify anything,” he said during an interview from prison. “It’s just I’m trying to just give people my last option. Obviously I can’t record. I don’t know if people are wondering what’s going on or even care, but this is something from an artistic point of view that will kind of close out what I was doing, for now. It might kinda answer some people’s questions.”

Back in 1998 Dep was signed to Bad Boy under a five-album deal.



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