Former 'court rapper' Matthew King sentenced to 66 days
A man who notoriously rapped an apology in court two years ago was sentenced on further charges in St. John's on Thursday, but swore he will never be seen in court again.
Matthew King, 24, was a little more humble in court this week than he was in August 2012. King drank two dozen beers and smashed the skull of a 16-year-old boy, fractured his face and put him in a coma.
I'm sick of being in trouble. You won't see me through these doors again. Keeping me in isn't rehabilitation. I want to move on with my life. My sincerest apologies.- Matthew King
King. who was then a rapper, apologized in an unusual fashion by rapping his apology to his victim.
The judge at the time called the apology "egocentric and without remorse." King at the time was given a two-year sentence.
In court on Thursday, a more contrite King pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and misleading police by giving a false name.
King was picked up by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary last weekend in Conception Bay South on a Canada-wide warrant.
He had failed to remain at a corrections facility in Pleasantville, where he was on parole.
King told the court that when police got him, he "panicked" and fled.
A police dog eventually sniffed him out under a patio.
'Sick of being in trouble'
King said he knew what he did was wrong, but said he's made significant changes in his life.
He said he has a job that pays $25 an hour, that will be waiting for him once hes released from prison. King added that he has a girlfriend who is two months pregnant.
King told the court: "I'm sick of being in trouble. You won't see me through these doors again. Keeping me in isn't rehabilitation. I want to move on with my life. My sincerest apologies."
He was sentenced to 66 days.