Rapper Young Vito was found not guilty of the murder of Slim Dunkin, who was a member of Waka Flocka’s Brick Squad. Vito, whose real name is Vinson Hardimon, was however sentenced to 25 years in prison for an aggravated assault charge.
Yesterday (Feb. 25), Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court ruled that Hardimon would not be held accountable for the death of Slim Dunkin (born Mario Hamilton), which came after a fight between
the two in December 2011. The court instead found Hardimon guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony. In conjunction with
a gun charge he acquired just four months prior to Hamilton’s death, Judge Craig Schwall ruled that Hardimon was an eminent threat.
“I just think he’s prone to carry a gun, and he’s violent and dangerous,” the judge said.
In the months prior to his altercation with Slim Dunkin, Young Vito was accused of holding a gun to his ex-girlfriend and her 16-year-old daughter, to which he took an “Alford” guilty plea. During the
fight with Dunkin — which was allegedly over a piece of candy on the set of a Gucci Mane video — Vito was accused of shooting and killing the unarmed rapper.
Dunkin’s father, Mark Hamilton, expressed discontent with the ruling, but found solace in Vito’s sentencing.
“I’m disappointed with that verdict … I don’t know what [the jury] saw. In the end, he got 25 years and we can have some closure.”