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Jury gives man 30 years for murder of Houston rapper


A Houston man was sentenced by a jury to 30 years in prison for the murder of a prominent Houston rapper and lyricist who was known as “Mr. 3-2” and contributed to the works of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and other artists, prosecutors said Thursday.

Vincent Depaul Stredic, 40, was convicted of murdering Christopher Barriere, 44, following a six-day trial that probed the November 2016 shooting in the parking lot of a gas station off Sam Houston Parkway.

“This is the kind of senseless violence that troubles so many people within our community,” Assistant District Attorney Dave Brucker said.

“Hopefully the jury’s verdict will give some measure of closure to Christopher’s family, friends, and fans, who loved him so much,” he continued.

Stredic and Barriere had been friends.

Testimony revealed that on the night of the shooting they drove to the gas station with two other men. Some sort of an argument broke out between Stredic and others within the vehicle. It ended with Stredic retrieving a shotgun from the trunk of his vehicle and shooting Barriere in the side of the head.

Barriere’s friends and family attended each day of the trial, which ended Wednesday in the 177th State District Court.

His sister testified about how he was a father figure to her children; took care of them when they would come home from school; and was always there to support them.

He often had nicknames for people, including his nieces.

His nickname, Mr. 3-2, is drawn from his first name starting with the third letter of the alphabet and his last name with the second.