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3 convicted in Georgia rapper's slaying

ATLANTA (AP) -- A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.

Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child.

On Friday, prosecutors said the gunman, 25-year-old Deandre Washington, was convicted of murder and other charges and sentenced to life without parole plus 20 years.

Also convicted were 35-year-old Gary Bradford and 29-year-old Maurice Conner on charges of conspiracy and participating in criminal street gang activity. Bradford was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Connor, 30 years.

Prosecutors say the three men conspired to kill Vernell in retaliation for a drug robbery they believed he had orchestrated. A fourth defendant awaits trial.

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Sep 2, 2014 7:05AM
Where are the black ppl rioting and causing a stir over this??? OOOHHHH ,, I guess it is ok for black ppl to kill each other but when a white person does it, it is a hate crime... lol stupid
Sep 2, 2014 6:59AM

 1 planned a robbery of drugs and 3 retaliate and kill him for it. Sadly the world is probably a better place with none of them in it. 


Condolences for the wife and fatherless child.

Can only hope this helps Mr. Vernell's family seek closure...
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