Southern rapper Young Vito will reportedly spend the next 25 years behind bars after being found guilty of aggravated assault on late hip-hop artist Mario “Slim Dunkin” Hamilton a couple years ago.
According to reports, Vito avoided murder charges but must still spend ample time locked up.
The man accused of shooting and killing an Atlanta-based rapper will spend the next 25 years in jail. While a Fulton County jury acquitted Vinson Hardimon of murder and felony murder – causing someone’s death by committing a felony – he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony for the December 2011 altercation that ended with the death of Mario Hamilton, also known as rapper Slim Dunkin. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The late rapper’s father spoke out on the sentence and revealed his issues with the punishment.
When handing down the maximum sentence, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall pointed to a gun incident involving Hardimon, 29, eight months before Hamilton’s death. “I just think he’s prone to carry a gun, and he’s violent and dangerous,” Schwall said. Hamilton’s father, Mark Hamilton, voiced his displeasure with the murder and felony murder acquittals, but facing the recent death of his mother on Sunday, expressed some relief that the trial was over and Hardimon would get jail time. “I’m disappointed with that verdict,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know what (the jury) saw. In the end, he got 25 years and we can have some closure.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The publicized murder trial started nearly a week ago in Georgia.
Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in the murder trial of 29-year-old Vinson Hardimon. Hardimon, known as rapper Young Vito, has been indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He’s accused of killing 24-year-old Mario Hamilton, known as rapper Slim Dunkin at an Atlanta recording studio on Dec. 16, 2011. Authorities say Hardimon was waiting for his turn in the recording booth before punching Hamilton. The fight ended with Hamilton shot in the chest. Hardimon later turned himself in to authorities. (Montgomery Advertiser)
Last May, Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame described his disbelief in believing longtime friend Dunkin died.
“My dog ain’t pass. I ain’t accepting that,” Waka told MTV News after a photo shoot in Brooklyn, New York, last week. “You know that sh– is gonna carry with me, though, because he’s me and I’m him. Together we’re Brick Squad, man.” Flocka dedicated his upcoming June album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family to Dunkin. “What’s behind my Triple F Life wave? The passing of my best friend Dunk. R.I.P. Dunk,” he said. “That boy there was special. That boy there was different.” (MTV)