French rapper MHD, born Mohamed Sylla, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in the murder of Loic K, 23, in Paris in 2018.
A court in the capital city handed down the verdict, which found the 29-year-old artist guilty of gang-related murder.
The victim, Loic K, was struck by MHD’s Mercedes before being assaulted and fatally stabbed by a group of approximately 12 people.
MHD, known for his “Afro trap,” a fusion of trap and West African music, maintained his innocence throughout the trial, pleading not guilty to the charges.
MHD told the courtroom in Paris, “From the beginning, I have maintained my innocence in this case, and I will continue to maintain my innocence.”
He claimed he was not present at the murder scene and that the case against him was based on false rumors.
However, a local resident recorded the incident from his window and quickly identified the car involved as MHD’s.
Other witnesses confirmed his identity, citing his distinct haircut and clothing.