XXXTENTACION‘s fourth and final murder suspect has received a reduced sentence for testifying against his co-defendants.
As per the Miami Herald, 27-year-old Robert Allen is set to serve approximately two years in prison after taking a plea deal in exchange for being a key witness for the prosecution during the trial.
Broward Circuit Judge Michael A. Usan sentenced Allen on Wednesday (May 17) to seven years in state prison, deducting the five years he has already served throughout the trial. Additionally, Allen was given 20 years of probation.
“No sentencing is easy, and this one is hard,” Usan said. “I genuinely believe you are sorry for what you have done and not sorry for yourself.”
In August, Allen entered a guilty plea for second-degree murder and armed robbery, while also agreeing to cooperate with authorities by providing testimony against his co-defendants: Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome.
In March, the jury convicted them of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome were each sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole or early release.
In 2018, XXXTENTACION was killed during a robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The sentencing took place on Wednesday, where the rapper’s family, including his aunt Deandra Ellis, attended. Ellis expressed satisfaction with the outcome.
“I say we are content as far as what the judge threw out for the sentencing,” Ellis said. “We still have a long road ahead of us. It’s still a day by day process for us. Everyday is just another day that he’s missing.”
Prosecutor Pascale Achille presented Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives and a member of the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force as witnesses, testifying that Allen’s life would be at risk for cooperating and providing information against gang members.
According to witnesses, Boatwright and Williams were associated with the South Florida-based gang ZMF.
As per Gang unit member Danny Polo, ZMF was established between 2010 and 2013 as a means for prisoners to protect themselves within North Florida prisons, where South Florida gangs were not as prevalent.
The prosecution and Allen’s defense attorney, Jim Lewis, proposed a sentence of 20 years of probation without any prison time, with Allen also pleading for a reduced sentence.
“If I have to die in prison then so be it – I know the risk I was taking,” Allen told the judge. “Let justice be served and I’ll know that was the right thing to do… please forgive me.”
“He’s a dead man,” Lewis said. “He’s been marked by that gang for death and there will be a bounty placed on his head that hopefully will never be collected.”