News: G. Dep Speaks From Rikers Island, "I Feel What I Did Was Right"
Monday, May 14, 2012 9:03AM
Incarcerated rapper G. Dep is preparing to begin his 15 year jail sentence and said despite his 2010 confession to shooting a man over 15 years ago, he still feels no regret.
Dep also said his family is slowly but surely beginning to understand his confession.
G.Dep told The New York Post from Rikers, where he awaits transfer, that he felt he acted responsibly when he walked into a Harlem precinct two years ago and told police officers he shot a man in 1993. He said he wanted to clear his conscience. "Maybe at the end of serving time or after looking back, someone might feel differently," G. Dep told the paper. "But now I feel what I did was right." The rapper says his wife, who initially discouraged him from confessing, is beginning to understand why he came clean. He also told the Post he believes his daughter understands his decision -- and his sons are as aware of his circumstances at they can be at just five years old. (NBC New York)
Dep received his 15 year jail sentence nearly a week ago.
Former 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. (New York Post)
Immediately following the sentence, SOHH hit up Dep's close friend/producer Dame Grease for his reaction.
"I know G. Dep personally," Grease told SOHH. "Even though probably after [confessing] he was sick about it, the whole confession was just a thing to clear his soul. I look at things differently, you know what I'm saying? When you see a man going through things, you can see something's weighing down on him. I guess that was the thing. I just wish him all the best of luck. He's got good fans, good friends and support for during his bid. He's a good guy, overall. Hopefully he'll get out on an early release." (SOHH)
In April, the "Special Delivery" rapper released a statement on his guilty verdict.
Two days after being convicted of second-degree murder, G. Dep spoke exclusively to MTV News on Thursday (April 19), where he reacted to the verdict from behind bars. "However it went down, it was just one of them things where I knew I was facing some type of charge, so whatever the verdict was, I knew it was God's will," Dep told us by phone as he awaits sentencing in lockup. Despite the outcome, the 37-year-old seemed at peace with the judgment call. "You know, someone was taken from [the John Henkel] family, so I can't feel like I was robbed in any kind of way," he said. "I just want to thank everyone that was involved in the case. I don't have no ill thoughts towards anybody." (MTV)
Check out G. Dep's 2010 murder confession below: