Five years after XXXTentacion was fatally shot outside a motorcycle dealership, a Florida judge has sentenced the three men responsible for his death to life in prison.
NBC Miami reports Michael Boatwright, Trayvon Newsome, and Dedrick Williams appeared in a Broward County courtroom on Tuesday (April 6), where Judge Michael Usan handed down the mandatory life sentences.
‘You’ll spend every hour and week and year in your cell. And one day you have passed on, and on that day you would’ve served your sentence,” Usan said per NBC.
The three men were previously found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury back in March, following six days of deliberations. Prosecutors argued the men shot the rapper born Jahseh Onfroy in cold blood as he sat in his BMW, before fleeing the scene with a bag full of $50,000 in cash and jewelry.
The rapper’s manager Soloman Sobande shared the family’s grief in a statement read in court.
“This is a loss we will never truly recover from,” he said. “We will never get to see Jahseh live to his full potential, we will never get to watch him grow old, we will never get to watch him be a father.”
The three men will have no chance for parole or early release for good behavior.
The fourth man in the operation, Robert Allen, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year and testified against Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome. During his testimony, Allen identified Williams as the mastermind and getaway driver, while Newsome and Boatwright confronted XXXTentacion in a parking lot. He told the court Newsome was the one who opened fire during the armed robbery, which was captured on surveillance camera.
Allen is facing a minimum of 25 years behind bars and will be sentenced later this year