Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome, the three men convicted of murdering rapper XXXTENTACION, have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of Parole. According to NBC Miami, Judge Michael Usan handed down the mandatory life sentences in a Broward County, Florida courthouse on April 6. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
On June 18, 2018, XXXTENTACION, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was brutally slain outside a motorcycle store in Florida. At the time of his death, he was only 20 years old. The robbers took $50,000 from the rapper, which he had just withdrawn and placed in a Louis Vuitton bag.
In March 2023, some five years after the occurrence, the three men were convicted guilty of first-degree murder in XXXTENTACION’s murder trial. According to The New York Times, the Broward County grand jury made the conclusion after more than a week of discussion. The gunmen were identified as Boatwright and Newsome, while Williams was recognized as the getaway driver and mastermind behind the robbery.
Robert Allen, a fourth person, was also implicated in the murder of the “SAD!” rapper. Allen pled guilty to second-degree murder charges in August 2022 and spoke against the other three defendants throughout the trial in the hopes of receiving a lower sentence.
XXXTENTACION’s manager, Solomon Sobande, read a statement on behalf of the late rapper’s family during the sentencing, highlighting the loss they will never recover from. He also highlighted XXXTENTACION’s son, who was born after his father died, and stated that the family will never see Jahseh reach his full potential or become a father.
Jenesis Sanchez, the mother of XXXTENTACION’s son, voiced her emotions on Instagram in response to the news of the killers’ convictions. She stated that, while she would never have perfect peace, seeing justice done aids in healing. Sanchez also admitted that her son would never see his father in person, but she promised to share his cherished memories of XXXTENTACION.
Following the guilty decision, Boatwright was seen smiling and speaking with his counsel, as captured on court footage by Law & Crime Network. He also blew a kiss toward the camera, though it’s unclear who the gesture was intended for. The sentence of XXXTENTACION’s murders is a crucial move in the case since the people who killed the rapper will now face the repercussions of their actions.