3 Men Convicted In Murder Of Prominent Artist XXXTentacion

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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A jury in Florida on Monday convicted three men in connection with the 2018 murder of rapper XXXTentacion.

The high-profile rapper, whose given name was Jahseh Onfroy, was fatally shot in June 2018 outside of a motorcycle store near Miami, according to NBC News. He was 20 years old at the time. 26-year-old Dedrick Williams, 24-year-old Trayvon Newsome and 28-year-old Michael Boatwright were each convicted of first-degree murder and armed robbery in Broward County court Monday.

The murder charges come with life sentences, according to NBC.

The rapper’s death made headlines after he was attacked in a car while exiting Riva Motorsports north of Miami. An SUV blocked XXXTentacion’s car, and two masked gunmen fired at him repeatedly, according to NBC. The armed gunmen then reportedly stole the rapper’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 and fled the scene of the crime via SUV.

The jury deliberated for one full week before reaching a verdict in the case. Prosecutors said Boatwright shot at the rapper and Newsome was the other gunman, while Williams drove the getaway vehicle, according to NBC.

Surveillance video from the incident played in court, showing the parking lot attack as it happened, the outlet reported. One of the gunmen appeared to shoot his gun through the driver’s side window, according to NBC. (RELATED: Hurricane Chris Found Not Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder In Louisiana)

All three men originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, the outlet reported. A fourth individual, 25-year-old Robert Allen, allegedly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2022 and testified against the other three men.

Boatwright, Newsome and Williams are scheduled to appear in court April 6 for sentencing, according to NBC.