The suspect charged in the murder of D12’s DeShaun "Proof" Holton was convicted on weapons charges related to the tragic incident.
Mario Etheridge, 28, was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and shooting the firearm indoors after the April 11 gunfight in a Detroit nightclub left Proof and another man dead. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, and is free on bond until sentencing.
Etheridge, a bouncer at the club, allegedly fired warning shots inside the building in an attempt to break up a fight between the rapper, 32, and Keith Bender Jr., 35. Proof, who police said shot and killed Bender, was then shot by Etheridge moments after the fight got heated.
"There was too much testosterone in the club, and he added another cupful," assistant county prosecutor Elizabeth Walker told the Detroit News after the three-day trial’s verdict was handed down. "You're not going to make a situation better by bringing a gun into it.
Etheridge was secretly escorted from the courthouse due to threats of revenge by Proof fans.
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