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Virginia man gets 15 years for killing man over rap battle

July 17, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing another man over a rap battle.

The Richmond Times-dispatch reports that Keith Epps was convicted last week of second-degree murder in the death of Michael Allen, who was killed at a Richmond apartment complex last August.

Prosecutor Brooke Pettit wrote in court documents that the two men squared off in a rap contest that Epps eventually lost. She said Epps took offense to a line in Allen’s rap in which Allen made a disparaging comment about a woman Epps was seeing.

Pettit said that Epps fatally shot Allen in the chest later that day.

Epps entered an Alford Plea, meaning that he acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to secure a conviction, but did not admit guilt.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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