After being found guilty by a Florida jury in March, the three men accused of killing American rapper XXXTentacion have each been sentenced to life in prison.
Michael Boatwright, 28, Trayvon Newsome, 24, and Dedrick Williams, 26, were convicted for the June 18, 2018, murder of XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt at a motorsports dealership in Broward County, Florida, USA. Reports state that XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, was boxed in by the men in his vehicle as he attempted to depart the dealership.
During the robbery, XXXTentacion resisted, and Boatwright shot into his car, killing the 20-year-old on the spot. He then fled the scene with his accomplices with the rapper’s Louis Vuitton bag and $50,000 in cash.
Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome’s sentences were handed down by Judge Michael Usan in a Florida court on Thursday. During today’s sentencing, XXXTentacion’s manager, Soloman Sobande, shared a statement on behalf of the rapper’s family, which read:
“This is a loss we will never truly recover from. We will never get to see Jahseh live to his full potential. We will never get to watch him grow old. We will never get to watch him be a father.”
Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome will have no option of parole or early release for good behaviour. Robert Allen, the fourth man arrested for the rapper’s murder, has not yet been sentenced. Allen, who was in the getaway vehicle during the robbery, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified for the prosecution during the trial.
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