Man who killed rapper's friend sentenced

Hosea Thomas
Hosea Thomas

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who was found guilty of shooting and killing rapper T.I. best friend and personal assistant was sentenced on Tuesday.

Hosea Thomas will spend 66 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2074.

In addition to the murder count, a jury last month also found Thomas guilty of felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction.

Twenty-six-year-old Philant Johnson died in May 2006 during a gun battle that followed a T.I. concert in Cincinnati.

The rap star, whose real name Clifford Harris, took the stand during Thomas' trial and said he believed the shots fired at his entourage were really meant for him. T.I. was not hurt.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.