A man who declared guilty of the murder in Florida (USA) of the rapper XXXTentacion in 2018 and agreed to testify against three other suspects, sentenced last April to life imprisonment, he was sentenced this Wednesday to 7 years in prison.
Robert Allen was also charged in connection with the deadly XXXTentacion heist, but last year he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and agreed to testify against his three cronies.
Michael Boatwright, 28, one of the shooters; Dedrick Williams, 26, the ringleader and driver of the getaway car, and Trayvon Newsome, 24, the second gunman, were sentenced last April to life in prison without the possibility of review or reduction of sentence for good conduct.
XXXTentacion died on June 18, 2018 at the exit of a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach (Florida) as a result of being shot by a group of men who stole a bag containing $50,000 in cash.
With Allen, Broward County Judge Michael Usan was lenient and sentenced him to seven years in prison followed by 20 years of probation for his role in the murder.
“I truly believe that you regret what you have done, and I believe that the remorse that you have shown is genuine,” Usan told Allen at the court hearing in this county north of Miami.
Allen, who was facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, expressed his regrets to the judge and apologized to the family of XXXTentacionpicked up the channel NBC Miami.
Since the convict has already spent five years behind bars since his arrest, he will receive a credit for the time served in jail.
At the Boatwright, Williams and Newsome trial, the prosecutor presented evidence incriminating Boatwright as the shooter who killed the rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy.
The murderer shot XXXTentacion several times in his car “without any provocation,” the prosecutor stressed at the trial.
After seven days of deliberations, on March 30 the jury, made up of seven women and five men, unanimously found the three defendants guilty, a verdict that was read in court by Usan, the judge in charge of the case. case in a courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County.
XXXTentación was a rising star of platinum-selling rap music who addressed issues like prejudice and depression in his songs.
The rapper was fired on June 27, 2018 by his fans at a sports hall in Sunrise (South Florida), where the coffin with his remains was veiled throughout that day.
After his death, one of XXXTensacion’s songs, “Sad!”, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and achieved a record 10.4 million streams online on the Spotify platform.
In December 2018, a posthumous album, “Skins”, was presented during a party in Miami organized by the Foundation XXXTentacion and the Empire music company in order to “honor the life, music and legacy” of the rapper.
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