Vito (born Vinson Hardimon), dodged murder and felony murder charges in the killing of Dunkin (born Mario Hamilton, 24), who was slain in December 2011 during a fight with Hardimon at an east Atlanta studio.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while a jury acquitted Hardimon of the murder charges, he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony for the altercation that ended in Dunkin’s death.
In handing down the 25-year sentence on the gun charges, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall alluded to a gun incident involving Hardimon, 29, eight months before Dunkin’s death. In that case, Hardimon entered an “Alford” guilty plea — not admitting guilt, but saying that a prosecutor might find enough evidence to convince a jury to convict — over accusations that he held a gun on his ex-girlfriend and her 16-year-old daughter. That plea was entered last year while he was already in jail for Hamilton’s shooting.
“I just think he’s prone to carry a gun, and he’s violent and dangerous,” Schwall said. Dunkin’s father told the paper that he was upset with the murder acquittal, saying, “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.”
Witnesses claimed that the two rappers fought over a piece of candy at the studio where Dunkin was recording a video with Gucci Mane and after their crews separated them an unarmed Dunkin rushed at Vito, who claimed they shot and killed the up-and-coming rapper affiliated with Waka Flocka Flame.