Three men have been convicted in the shooting death of rapper Lil Phat.

The Atlanta, Georgia-based star, real name Melvin Vernell Iii, was shot and killed in June, 2012 while he was awaiting the birth of his child, and on Friday (29Aug14) a jury convicted gunman Deandre Washington, 25, to life without parole plus 20 years.

Gary Bradford, 35, and 29-year-old Maurice Conner were sentenced to 25 years and 30 years behind bars, respectively, on charges of conspiracy and participating in criminal street gang activity.

Prosecutors claimed the trio conspired to kill Vernell over a drug robbery they believed he had orchestrated.