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Jury finds three men guilty of the murder of rapper XXXTentacion in Florida


The young man, whose name was Jahseh Onfroy and was 20 years old at the time of his death, was killed in June 2018 as he was leaving a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach.

By The Associated Press

A jury has found three men guilty in the 2018 death of rapper XXXTentation in Florida after more than a week of deliberation.

The 20-year-old artist, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot to death on June 18, 2018

, outside a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, north of Miami.

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The rapper was leaving Riva Motosports, a motorcycle shop, when the attack occurred when an SUV blocked his vehicle and two masked men jumped out of the car, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said at the time.

One of them shot the rapper several times.

The assailants stole a Louis Vuitton bag from the artist's car containing $50,000 and fled, authorities said.

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Dedrick Williams, 26, Trayvon Newsome, 24, and Michael Boatwright, 28, were found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in Broward County Court.

The three youths are due back in court on April 6 for a sentencing hearing.

First degree murder charges carry sentences of life in prison.

The trio pleaded not guilty.

A fourth man, Robert Allen, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year and testified against the other three defendants.

Photo of rapper XXXTentation, after a 2017 arrest in Miami-Dade.AP

Jury deliberations began on March 8.

According to prosecutors, Boatwright was the shooter, Newsome was the second armed attacker and Williams was the driver of the SUV


A security video shown in court revealed that the attack took place in a parking lot, showing two masked men drawing their pistols, with one firing through the driver's window of the vehicle.

The defense tried to cast doubt on Allen's testimony, pointing to detectives' inability to investigate a XXXTentation dispute with rapper Drake, but prosecutors said there was no evidence linking Drake to the shooting.

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Onfroy rose to stardom in 2017 when he posted the song

Look at Me

("Look at Me") on SoundCloud, which peaked at number 34 on Billboard's Top 100.

A few months later, it was revealed that he had landed a $6 million contract with a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group.

The rapper had a very high number of followers because of his lyrics, which talked about depression and loneliness.

But the young music star was surrounded by controversy: According to court documents, he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against a pregnant woman and unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering in a Miami-Dade court.

Source: telemundo

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