A two-bit "gangster" who appeared on a third-rate reality show is now charged with first degree murder.
Baron "Dirty" Colon, a 24-year-old barber and finalist in the 2009 MTV program "From G's to Gents," was arrested on Jan. 7 in connection with the fatal armed robbery of a Florida artist in 2006.
Colon appeared on the second season of the show, produced by actor Jamie Foxx, in which young men with checkered pasts -- so-called "g's" or "gangstas" -- compete to turn their lives around and become "gentlemen."
"I got two kids. I want to be in the gentleman's club because I want to change, for them," Colon said in the season's first episode. "If I don't change, there's only going to be two things: prison or death."
Prison now seems possible for Colon who, according to police, joined three other accomplices to rob, and ultimately kill, Marcelo Vera in a botched stickup.
Miami-Dade Police said the "investigation is still ongoing" but confirmed facts of the crime detailed in Colon's arrest warrant and obtained by the Miami Herald.
According to the Herald, Colon met a friend, Stephany Concepcion, 26, and two other men identified only as "Big Killer" and "Crazy Dread" before planning to rob Vero, an artist known to keep large amounts of cash in his home.
Conception, Vero's former employee, arrived at his house late on the night of Jan. 6, 2006. From the victim's bathroom, she called Colon and told him the time was right for the robbery, according to the warrant.
Conception said she heard shots fired from the other room. When she ran outside, the other men had driven off and she was alone at the scene when police arrived. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison and said she would testify against the other men.
Though Colon has been a suspect in the murder since 2006, police said they could not charge him based on Conception's testimony alone. According to the Herald, he was arrested only after investigators received more information from a confidential informant.
The unnamed informant recorded Colon describing how he shot Vero as the man begged for his life, according to the warrant.
Colon is in jail without bond awaiting arraignment on Jan 28. Police said Friday that he had not yet obtained an attorney.
According to a cast biography posted on MTV.com, Colon's mother threw him in the trash when he was a baby and later died of a drug overdose. He spent much of his childhood in juvenile detention or foster homes.