An Honorable Man?

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G. Dep trying to do right

Former rapper G. Dep sentenced to 15 years in prison for two-decade old shooting

NY PostFormer Bad Boy rapper G. Dep was sentenced this morning to 15 years prison  for a two-decade old fatal gunpoint mugging — a cold-case murder that was only  solved when he walked into a Harlem precinct two years ago, turning himself in  so he could square himself, he has explained, with God.
“The circumstance of your being before the court now suggests to me a  maturity and decency that wouldn’t have been evident at the time,” Manhattan  Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said of the sentence, the lowest allowed by  law.
“It was the right thing to do, even though it landed you in the position you  find yourself in now,” the judge added, calling the rapper by his given name,  Trevell Coleman.
When he walked into a Harlem precinct two years ago, Coleman — who had had  success as a protegé of Sean “Puffy” Combs in the late ’90s — was a married dad  of three and in treatment for an addiction to PCP. As part of turning his life  around, he was determined to take responsibility for a crime that had continued  to gnaw at him, his lawyer, Anthony Ricco, has explained. And he has never  backed down.
“My hope is that Trevell never wavers from his decision,” Ricco said at the  poignant sentencing. “Fifteen years is a long time. Fifteen years in the  penitentiary for putting yourself there is an even longer time.”
Coleman, 37, has suffered the mockery and insults of his fellow prisoners,  the lawyer noted, and in the press as well, for confessing to a shooting that he  had essentially gotten away with, only to find out that his victim had died and  that he had turned himself in for murder.
“He’s gotten the scorn of other inmates, who called him stupid — ‘Look what  happened when you open your mouth,'” the lawyer said. “His wife questioned him  — ‘Trevell, what about us?'”
Coleman and his wife were raising twin sons of kindergarten age. On the day  of his April verdict, the wife — who had urged Coleman not to confess — had  wondered to the lawyer about how the boys will manage now, without their  father.  “My hope is that their sons will grow up to be as proud of their father as  boys can ever be, for fixing what he did,” Ricco said.  “They will have a father who has honor.”
In confessing, the rapper had told cops that when he was 17, or 18, or maybe  19, he had shot a man three times during a botched mugging at Park Avenue and  114th Street. He didn’t know if the man lived or died.
Authorities scoured old records, much of it on microfilm, and matched the  confession to the cold-case fatal shooting of John Henkel, gunned down on Oct.  19, 1993 at the same address.  Hard-ball-playing prosecutors refused to offer Coleman a plea to a lesser  charge, for which less prison — even a few years less — would be mandated.
The outcome is fair, said prosecutor David Drucker, who did argue in favor of  the minimum sentence today.  There was “A totally innocent victim,” Drucker said. “The defendant shot him  three times in the torso, killing him, and then he biked off leaving the victim  to die.”
Coleman has lived a non-violent life, turned himself in for all the right  reasons, and solved a murder that would never have been off the books otherwise,  he noted.  Still, “He should be convicted of the crime he committed, murder in the  second degree,” the prosecutor said.

“I’m just trying to get right with God,” Coleman had told The Post in an  exclusive jailhouse interview back in December 2010. He made no statement at his  sentencing today, and nodded somberly to his family members as he was led out of  court in handcuffs.

What G. Dep did in killing Henkel was horrible.  I commend him for coming forward to admit his crime and face the punishment.  While I feel for his wife and children who will be without their loved one for 15 years, the loved ones of Henkel may now have some closure.
Some of the comments on the article aren’t so kind:

  • How about these words – he’s as filthy murdering scumbag who lost any hope of “honor” after he killed that poor man in cold blood. Pray for his soul? He should have been drowned in a bucket at birth.
  • why don’t you break this scumbag out of prison.  he took a human life in cold blood.  i don’t care about his feelings.  pray all you want it still won’t bring back “dead”.
  • What a maroon. This punk is truely a coward. He is a punk for what he did in 1993. But to turn around and have a family who will need his guidance along with any financial support and abandon them because (and this is stupid lawyer talk) “he’ll have honor” makes him a REAL COWARD. Why didn’t he raise his kids and THEN get religion? Because that’s what weak cowards do.
  • Just more ghetto drama. His conscience should have caused him to put a bullet in this head and not rat himself out.

Do you think he did the honorable thing?
” He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”  Proverbs 21:21

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0 responses to “An Honorable Man?

  1. Coleman (“G Dep”) is to be commended for, finally, heeding the voice of his conscience God and having the courage and honesty to own up to the terrible deed he committed years ago. What a sad commentary on our corrupt culture that his own wife does not support him in telling the truth.

  2. Homeschool Mama

    While his actions may defy human logic, they have eternal value. I hope that judges will use this case to demonstrate the true power of conversion- one that accepts responsibility for actions and doesn’t use God’s name to try and escape punishment.

  3. Cathy Gardino

    He is trying to atone for his sin, with God, on this earth…God forgives, and we should try to be more like God, less like sinners. He will do his time and God will decide.

  4. I think it could be one of two things. Either he is doing what the Holy Spirit is urging him to do and is he is a brother to us, or he is trying to earn favor with God through works and may not truly be born again. I don’t know? Either way I respect the man for what he is doing.

  5. The Supreme Court on earth is one thing, the Supreme Court of God Almightly is everything.

  6. A refreshing and all too rare story. I only hope all the negativity he is facing doesn’t drive him back to the dark side. It will be a real test for him. All too often people believe that if they do the right thing, everything will be hunky dory. Not true, while on this earth.


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