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Jury Decides Sentence In Rapper’s Death

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File photo of a jury box. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a jury box. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The man accused of shooting and killing an Atlanta-based rapper will spend the next 25 years in jail.

While a Fulton County jury acquitted Vinson Hardimon of murder and felony murder – causing someone’s death by committing a felony – he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony for the December 2011 altercation that ended with the death of Mario Hamilton, also known as rapper Slim Dunkin.

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) - The jury deliberated Friday and again Monday in the murder trial of 30-year-old rapper Vinson Hardimon.

Jurors are being asked to decide whether Hardimon shot and killed 24-year-old Slim Dunkin, whose real name is Mario Hamilton. The shooting occurred during an altercation at an east Atlanta studio in December 2011. Hardimon is a rapper who uses the name Young Vito.

Officials say that while awaiting trial in the Slim Dunkin case, Hardimon pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge stemming from an incident involving a gun in April 2011.

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