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G Dep at the World Hip-Hop Championship in 2009.
Getting away with murder may be slang for doing whatever you want with impunity, but as one rapper learned, not being caught for a crime doesn't mean you don't feel guilty. Two years ago, Trevell Coleman (who rapped under the name G. Dep, short for "Ghetto Dependent") walked into a New York police station and confessed to killing a man in 1993 -- a case that had gone unsolved, and for which he was never considered a suspect.
Now, according to NBC New York, Coleman, 37, is preparing to go to jail for 15 years, having received the minimum sentence after a trial. His confession, which he said he did to clear his conscience, was taken into account.
Coleman was 18 when he mugged a stranger, but when the man fought back, Coleman fired at him three times and ran off. The police connected those details with the death of John Henkel, who died from his wounds at the age of 32. Coleman went on to connect with Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and released a solo album in 2001. He began working harder on his criminal record in ensuing years; the New York Post said he was arrested over 25 times since 2003 for drugs, burglary and grand larceny.
Now a father of an 11-year-old girl and twin 5-year-old boys, Coleman says his wife did not encourage him to confess, but says now she understands why he admitted to the crime. Coleman says he plans on working on his autobiography while he's in jail.
"Maybe at the end of serving time or after looking back, someone might feel differently," Coleman told the Post. "But now I feel what I did was right."
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