Former protege to P. Diddy, Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison in 2012 for a fatal robbery he committed in 1993. Turning himself in to authorities in an attempt to “get things right between himself and God,” the Harlem native admitted that he shot a man three times during the botched mugging. After spending the past four years behind bars, the former rapper was recently given a temporary release from prison to attend his father’s funeral.
In an interview with AllHipHop, G. Dep’s ex-wife, Crystal Sutton shared the experience of their twin sons seeing their father for the first time in years.
“They finally had the chance to sit down with their father, shackled or not I could see that they were determined,” she said. “All that nervous energy seemed to melt away. They both showed him video after video of animations they had made. Visitors gained Trevell’s attention for a moment, but the boys made sure that their father stayed close. Our time was up, Trevell had to go back. That one hour visit felt like 10 minutes. I could see the expression on the boys face change from happy to a worried look.”
In 2013, G. Dep sat down with Nightline to discuss prison life and absolution after confessing to the crime two decades later. Noting that his admittance was likely induced by his abuse of PCP, the former rapper spoke about the guilt that plagued him for the killing.
“I thought about whether or not he had children,” Coleman said. “I couldn’t believe that I could have this beautiful thing in my life and have done something like that. … He could have been a father and here I am trying to be a father.”
Read the full interview with G. Dep’s ex-wife Crystal Sutton here.