Thursday, June 25, 2009

Accomplice In T.I. Attack Gets 17 Years For Murder

A man involved in the 2006 shooting which claimed the life of T.I.'s assistant and friend Philant Johnson has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.

According to Cincinnati News, U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith sentenced Padron Thomas to 17 years on conspiracy and gun charges.

As previously reported by Yo! Raps, Padron also made headlines last year when he testified against his brother, Hosea Thomas, who was sentenced to 66 years for Johnson's murder.

According to his testimony, Padron was driving the car while his brother shot at vehicles carrying Tip and his entourage.

T.I., now incarcerated on his own gun charges, also took the stand during the trial to describe what happened after the gunfire erupted.

"We called Phil's name out, Phil didn't respond," T.I. said. "... I saw blood running down his face, his shirt was wet... He had an injury wound to the left temple."

Despite initial reports of the possibility of no jail time because of his testimony against his brother, Padron still received a harsh sentence.

At press time, T.I. had issued no comment on Padron's sentence.

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