Three males have sentenced to life in jail over the homicide of American rapper XXXTentacion.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, whose actual identify was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot lifeless whereas being robbed outdoors a Florida motorcycle store in 2018.
Trayvon Newsome, 24, Michael Boatwright, 28, and Dedrick Williams, 26, have been found guilty last month of first-degree murder and armed theft following a month-long trial.
Whereas Florida does have the loss of life penalty, it was not sought by prosecutors.
The defendants confirmed little emotion as they stood one after the other to be handcuffed in court docket.
XXXTentacion had simply left a bike store with a pal when an SUV swerved in entrance of him and blocked his BMW.
He was shot repeatedly by a masked gunman whereas on the wheel of his automobile, earlier than the group grabbed a Louis Vuitton bag containing money he had withdrawn from the financial institution, and fled the scene.
Surveillance footage from inside and outdoors Riva Motorsports, in suburban Fort Lauderdale, linked Boatwright, Williams and Newsome to the capturing.
The jury was additionally proven cell phone footage shot by the boys, displaying themselves flashing fistfuls of $100 notes simply hours after the killing.
A fourth man, Robert Allen, a former pal of the defendants who stated he took half within the theft, pleaded responsible final yr to second-degree homicide. He’s but to be sentenced.
Boatwright was recognized as the first gunman and Newsome was accused of being the opposite one.
Williams was accused of driving the SUV and Allen of being contained in the car.
XXXTentacion was a platinum-selling rising star who tackled points together with prejudice and despair in his songs.
Nevertheless, he additionally drew criticism over a number of arrests. Battery prices towards him regarding a former girlfriend have been dropped following his loss of life.
The rapper has a four-year-old son, Gekyume, who was born seven-months after his loss of life.