19-year-old Anthony Tyrone Terrell was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on Friday (Sept. 10) for murdering his mother and his two younger sisters, one of which was the daughter of rapper Juvenile.
Terrell pleaded guilty to the February 2008 deaths of his mother Joy Deleston, his half sister 11-year-old Micaiah and his half sister 4-year-old Jelani, the daughter of the New Orleans rapper.
Prosecutors say Terrell had an argument with his mother, a Gwinett County Sheriff’s deputy, that lead to him grabbing her service weapon and killing her before turning the gun on his sister, Micaiah, who witnessed the shooting and began to scream.
Following that, prosecutors say the young man went upstairs to find Jelani, who he kissed before shooting her twice in the chest.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Terrell read a statement in court after his sentencing that read,
“I never planned what happened that day…My mom and I got into a disagreement and things just spiraled out of control…that night my plan was to take my own life, but in the end I was unable to shoot myself.”
The family of the decedents have blasted Juvenile for not acknowledging Jelani as his daughter when she was alive or attending the child’s 2008 funeral, while playing the role of a grieving father to his fans. In a letter to AllHipHop.com Joy Deleston’s brother wrote:
To whom it may concern:
I’m praying this information reach the right person to expose the truth about how Juvenile has used his deceased innocent daughter he ignored. My name is Dwayne Deleston and I’m the brother of Juvenile’s deceased baby mother Joy Deleston. It’s disturbing to know Juvenile never had a relationship with his deceased daughter but accepts the sympathy like he was a good daddy to the child. It’s not fair to the people who care. Juvenile and his family are receiving all the condolences like they cared about my sister and her kids. Juvenile didn’t have a father and daughter relationship with my niece. My sister tried for years to communicate with Juvenile and his family concerning Jelani since Jelani’s date of birth to Jelani’s unexpected date of death but Juvenile and his mother ignored his child.
Several days before the tragedy Juvenile told my sister, “he did not want nothing to do with her nor Jelani so stop sending pictures to his mother’s house because his wife didn’t know about Jelani and he is making arrangements to pay the owed excessive child support.” Jelani was before Juvenile’s marriage so his wife should have accepted her. That message Juvenile sent to his child before her death was heart-breaking to her and my family, and our Lord is my witness. In the eyes of the Lord, Juvenile will weep what he sow because he did not have a reasonable reason to deny Jelani. His wife should ask him what else is he hiding from her.
For Juvenile to tell his mother to ignore one of his kids is cruel and unusual for a grandmother to do as she was told. I’m revealing a reality check. Juvenile never spoke to his daughter, he never was there for his daughter when she needed him the most nor did he come to her funeral without a reasonable reason not to. Juvenile’s family was not at the funeral to show their sympathy. Juvenile nor someone from his family sent flowers nor a card nor called my mother to give their condolences.
Juvenile saying, “he’s shocked and devastated” after hearing about my sister an her daughters death is hard to believe. Juvenile did a show hours after his daughter’s funeral in Augusta, G.A. The final moment his daughter was on earth he did not witness because he did not care about her. Juvenile said, “he is a star and he did not want the attention on him at the funeral.” I’m incarcerated and I made it to the funeral, thanks to the understanding Warden and staff who participated in making sure I was present at the funeral.
Three innocent people was killed. These killings got my family puzzled but all we have to do is continue to have faith in our Lord. There’s a reason for everything and God knows everybody’s heart. Juvenile needs to apologize to his deceased daughter Jelani and Jelani’s mother for wrongfully ignoring Jelani when she reached out to him. Juvenile needs to realize what’s in his heart reflects on the outside. I greatly appreciate your condolences in light of my loved ones death. May God bless you. This information is to inform you, you gave condolences to Juvenile and his family but they did not love his innocent daughter that was murdered.
Personally I feel Juvenile used everybody’s sympathy for his selfish means and its best for the people to know the truth. Juvenile ignored his innocent daughter without a reasonable excuse and I can not support someone like him.
Dwayne Deleston #96350-071
SATELLITE PRISON CAMP
P.O. BOX 699
ESTILL, S.C. 29918-0699
For his part, Juvenile has stated that he did not attend the funeral because he did not want to bring “media attention” to the somber ceremony.