Dedrick Williams, Trayvon Newsome and Michael Boatwright have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jahseh Onfroy, the rapper known as XXXTentacion. Under a Broward County court ruling, males between the ages of 24 and 27 will not be eligible for parole or early release.
“You will spend every hour, every day, every week and every year of your life in your cells,” Judge Michael Usan told the inmates directly. “One morning the guards will come and open your cells, and you will be dead.” On that day, you will end your punishment.
Soloman Sabande, representing the XXXTentacion family, also spoke in court. As he noted, in his opinion, the musician was murdered “pointlessly”, and his killers did not show “a hint of remorse” for this reason. “Because of the actions of these murderers, Jahseh will never get to know his son, let alone raise him,” he said. On the day of the musician’s death, his girlfriend was pregnant with the couple’s unborn child.
– (XXXTentacion) was a beacon of hope to all who knew his music and himself. Jahseh was taken away not only from his loved ones, but also from millions of people around the world who were like extended family to him.
Three men sentenced to life in prison for the murder of XXXTentacion
20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy, known as XXXTentacion, was shot dead in broad daylight on June 18, 2018 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. As he was leaving the motorcycle shop, two masked and armed men approached him. According to the BBC, there was a 45-second struggle during which the rapper was shot. The attackers were to take a Louis Vuitton bag, and in it 50,000. dollars in cash that the musician had previously withdrawn from the bank. XXXTentacion was transported to Broward Health North Hospital. There he died.
In March 2023, 27-year-old Michael Boatwright, 26-year-old Dedrick Williams and 24-year-old Trayvon Newsome were charged with the murder of the star. All three pleaded not guilty. After more than a week of deliberations a Broward County Court jury found all three guilty committing the acts alleged against them. Now – April 6 – the sentence has been given.
Robert Allen was also involved in the rapper’s murder, pleading guilty to the charges last year. However, his sentence was then postponed until the trial of his accomplices was completed. The date of his sentencing has not yet been set.
The death of the rapper caused a great stir among fans and in the music community. XXXTentacion’s songs have been featured on the charts many times in USA and Europe. He talked about depression and loneliness. He had a platinum album. Many celebrities posted condolences on social media after his death. “Rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were still here,” he tweeted. Kanye West.
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