A notorious Brooklyn drug kingpin who was once engaged to marry Lil' Kim will be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Damion "World" Hardy was sentenced to life on Monday (May 11) after being convicted of six murders, the New York Post reports.
Hardy, 40, was the leader of the Cash Money Brothers, a drug crew that operated out of Brooklyn's Lafayette Gardens housing projects. Hardy was not mentally fit to stand trial and was heavily medicated due to a schizophrenia diagnosis but when he was given a chance to speak he said, “I am 100 percent, completely innocent.”His mental health reportedly began to deteriorate during his engagement to Lil' Kim after he returned from a trip to the Middle East.
His alleged hitman, Aaron "Ebay" Granton was not as calm when he had his opportunity to speak.
“All y’all stood around me and ate candies out of my pocket,” he said to the audience in the courtroom.
Family members of victims took the stand to say their last words to the convicted murderers. The sister of Darryl Baum, who was Mike Tyson's bodyguard, spoke through her tears.
“I feel you are an incredibly dangerous, selfish, vicious, disloyal and insecure soul who killed because it empowered you,” said Zakiya Baum to Hardy, who ordered for Baum to be killed in 2000.
Family members of the deceased victims applauded as Granton and Hardy were escorted out of the courtroom.