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Third man convicted in murder of ex-champ Vernon Forrest

Charmon Sinkfield has just been convicted for the 2009 murder of Vernon Forrest.

Sergio Mora v Vernon Forrest Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

The Associated Press have just released news that a third individual has just been convicted in the 2009 robbery and murder of former champion Vernon Forrest.

Charmon Sinkfield, 38, was found guilty of firing the shots that ended Forrest’s life, and is now awaiting a verdict from a Fulton County jury about whether or not he should receive the death sentence.

For those who don’t remember the incident, Forrest was at a gas station in Atlanta around 11pm on July 25, 2009, with his 11-year-old godson, when an assailant robbed him at gunpoint for his championship ring and Rolex watch.

Forrest, who was reportedly armed at the time, would chase after the man and exchanged in some gunfire before giving up the chase. It was then that Forrest encountered a second individual, Sinkfield, who shot him seven times in the back, leaving him dead on the scene.

The two other individuals who were involved in the robbery/murder were Demario Ware, who robbed Forrest and fled, and Jquante Crews, who drove the getaway vehicle. Those two men have been serving life sentences since 2012 and 2009, respectively.

Forrest ended his life and career with a 41-3 (29 KOs) record, having won world titles at both welterweight and junior middleweight. He was also Al Haymon’s first real client in the boxing business, with Haymon serving as his manager long before he becoming the highly influential figure he now is.

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