FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - An Atlanta man convicted in the murder of champion boxer Vernon Forrest was sentenced Tuesday.
Charmon Sinkfield was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole plus 10 years to serve in prison.
On July 25, 2009, Forrest was robbed at gunpoint by Demario Ware at a Southwest Atlanta gas station as the boxer put air in his tire. Ware stole Forrest’s championship ring and Rolex watch. Forrest chased Ware, but lost him near an apartment complex on McDaniel Street. Forrest then encountered Sinkfield. As Forrest turned away, Sinkfield shot him seven times, including five times in the back.
Sinkfield was found guilty of murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and related gun charges in the July 2009 murder.
Forrest, a former world boxing champion, competed between 1992 and 2008. He won the International Boxing Federation's welterweight title in 2001; held the unified welterweight titles from 2002-2003; and the WBC super welterweight title twice, from 2007 to 2009, according to his Wikipedia profile.