North Philly rapper whose lyrics became evidence gets convicted - again - for 2010 murder

September 19, 2018
The jury deliberated only a few hours before convicting Ronald “Hollow Man” Thomas.

By Staff

A Philadelphia rapper who successfully appealed his conviction in a 2010 murder by arguing prosecutors had unfairly introduced his violent lyrics to jurors was again convicted Wednesday for the killing – this time by a jury that didn’t see or hear his songs.

The verdict against Ronald “Hollow Man” Thomas came just hours after the jury got the case. Common Pleas Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd then sentenced Thomas, 33, to mandatory term of life without parole, the same outcome in his first trial in 2013. Byrd also sentenced Thomas to 8 1/2 to 17 years for three firearm convictions.

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